Cockaigne
Cockaigne c.1300, from O.Fr. Cocaigne (12c.) "lubberland," imaginary country, abode of luxury and idleness. Of obscure origin, speculation centers on words related to cook (v.) and cake (Cf. M.Du. kokenje, a child's honey-sweetened treat; also Cf. Big Rock Candy Mountain). The German equivalent is Schlaraffenland.

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  • Cockaigne — [käk ān′] n. [ME cokaygne < OFr ( pais de) cocaigne, (land of) sugar cake < MLowG kokenje, sugar cake, cookie < koke, cake; akin to CAKE, Ger kuchen] Medieval Legend an imaginary land of luxurious and idle living …   English World dictionary

  • Cockaigne — For other uses, see Cockayne (disambiguation). Pieter Bruegel the Elder s Luilekkerland ( The Land of Cockaigne ), 1567. Oil on panel. (Alte Pinakothek, Munich) Cockaigne or Cockayne ( …   Wikipedia

  • Cockaigne — /ko kayn /, n. a fabled land of luxury and idleness. Also, Cockayne. [1250 1300; ME cokaygn(e) < MF (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler s paradise < MLG kokenje, equiv. to koken (see COOKIE) + je dim. suffix] * * * ▪ imaginary country… …   Universalium

  • Cockaigne — Cock•aigne or Cockayne [[t]kɒˈkeɪn[/t]] n. a fabled land of luxury and idleness • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME cokaygn(e) < MF (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler s paradise …   From formal English to slang

  • Cockaigne — noun Etymology: Middle English cokaygne, from Middle French (pais de) cocaigne land of plenty Date: 13th century an imaginary land of great luxury and ease …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Cockaigne — noun /kɒˈkeɪn/ A land in medieval myth, a land of plenty, a land of luxury and idleness …   Wiktionary

  • COCKAIGNE —    an imaginary land of idleness and luxury, from a satirical poem of that name (coquina, a kitchen), where the monks live in an abbey built of pasties, the rivers run with wine, and the geese fly through the air ready roasted. The name has been… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • cockaigne — Cock·aigne || kÉ’ keɪn n. legendary country of pleasure luxury and leisure (also cockayne) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cockaigne — cock·aigne …   English syllables

  • Cockaigne — /kɒˈkeɪn/ (say ko kayn) noun Medieval Legend a land of idleness and luxury. Also, Cockayne. {Old French cocaigne, from Middle Low German kōkenje small cake (of which the houses in this land are made) …   Australian English dictionary

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