Ruritania

Ruritania

[roor-i-tey-nee-uh, roor-i-tey-]
noun
1.
a mythical, romantic kingdom conceived as the setting for a fairy tale, costume drama, comic operetta, or the like.
2.
Facetious. any small, little-known country or region considered remote, backward, or exotic.

Origin:
after the fictional Central European kingdom in the novel The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) by A. Hope

Ruritanian, adjective, noun
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Ruritania (ˌrʊərɪˈteɪnɪə, -njə)
 
n
1.  an imaginary kingdom of central Europe: setting of several novels by English novelist Anthony Hope (1863--1933), esp The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
2.  any setting of adventure, romance, and intrigue

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