Ruritania

[roo r-i-tey-nee-uh, roo r-i-tey-] /ˌrʊər ɪˈteɪ ni ə, ˈrʊər ɪˌteɪ-/
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
Related forms
Ruritanian, adjective, noun
British Dictionary definitions for ruritanian
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

Ruritanian (ˌrʊərɪˈteɪnɪən, -njən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to Ruritania
2.  involving adventure, romance, and intrigue
 
n
3.  a native or inhabitant of Ruritania

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Word Origin and History for ruritanian
Ruritanian
"utopian," 1896, from Ruritania, name of an imaginary kingdom in The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) by Anthony Hope (1863-1933), who coined it from L. rus (gen. ruris) "country" (see rural) + Latinate ending -itania (cf. Mauritania).
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