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

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  • 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 /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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