Definition of Cockaigne

1. Noun. (Middle Ages) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness.

Generic synonyms: Fictitious Place, Imaginary Place, Mythical Place
Category relationships: Dark Ages, Middle Ages

Definition of Cockaigne

1. Proper noun. A land in medieval myth, a land of plenty, a land of luxury and idleness. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cockaigne

Cocha antshrikes
Cochin China
Cochin China diarrhoea
Cochin fowl
Cochin fowls
Cochlearia officinalis
Cochlearius cochlearius
Cockayne's disease
Cockayne's syndrome
Cockcroft-Walton accelerator
Cockcroft-Walton voltage multiplier
Cockcroft and Walton accelerator
Cockcroft and Walton voltage multiplier
Cockett communicating perforating veins
Cockney rhyming slang

Literary usage of Cockaigne

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Letters of George Meredith by George Meredith (1912)
"She hands me a plum, and I must own her client to be a lord outside cockaigne. It was very handsome pleading.1 I am grateful for the gift of the little ..."

2. English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature by Henry Morley, William Hall Griffin (1888)
"The Paradise of this satire, which spread through several countries, was entitled " the Land of cockaigne " \—that is * Dr. K. ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench ... and by Samuel Bealey Harrison, Great Britain Court of King's Bench, Frederick Luard Wollaston, Great Britain Bail Court (1836)
"John't, but having a customhouse officer «ually with cockaigne, entitled to grant ... The policy is not a policy at and from cockaigne to Liverpool, or at, ..."

4. The Works of George Meredith by George Meredith (1912)
"I am in love with the dear London lass who helped you to the 'Idyll of cockaigne.' You give a zest and new attraction to Hampstead Heath. ..."

5. The Sham Squire: And the Informers of 1798. With a View of Their by William John Fitzpatrick (1866)
"cockaigne, THE ENGLISH SPY. So many examples of treachery, perpetrated and prompted by Irishmen, have been given in the foregoing pages, that it will prove, ..."

6. The Bookmart: A Monthly Magazine of Literary and Library Intelligence edited by Richard Halkett (1889)
"... Republican ' to be the writer of the book called ' Good Form in England ' and of the London letters in 77«; San francisco Argonaut signed "cockaigne. ..."

7. Fores's Sporting Notes & Sketches. a Quarterly Magazine Descriptive of (1905)
"SPORT AND WILD LIFE IX cockaigne. By ' DRAGOON.' men of the shires would turn up their noses at the idea of hunting in Essex; and even their provincial ..."

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