Cockaigne

Cockaigne

[ko-keyn]
noun
a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
Also, Cockayne.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English cokaygn(e) < Middle French (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler's paradise < Middle Low German kōkenje, equivalent to kōken (see cookie) + -je diminutive suffix

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Cockaigne or Cockayne (kɒˈkeɪn)
 
n
medieval legend an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
 
[C14: from Old French cocaigne, from Middle Low German kōkenje small cake (of which the houses in the imaginary land are built); related to Spanish cucaña, Italian cuccagna]
 
Cockayne or Cockayne
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French cocaigne, from Middle Low German kōkenje small cake (of which the houses in the imaginary land are built); related to Spanish cucaña, Italian cuccagna]

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cockaigne
c.1300, from O.Fr. coquaigne "lubberland," imaginary country, abode of luxury and idleness. Of obscure origin, speculation centers on words related to cook (v.) and cake (cf. Big Rock Candy Mountain).
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