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An imaginary land of easy and luxurious living.

[Middle English cokaigne, from Old French, from (pais de) cokaigne, (land of) plenty, from Middle Low German kōkenje, diminutive of kōke, cake.]


(kɒˈkeɪn) or


(European Myth & Legend) 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]


or Cock•ayne


a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
[1250–1300; Middle English cokaygn(e) < Middle French (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler's paradise]
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Noun1.Cockaigne - (Middle Ages) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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The work culminated in a setting for soprano and orchestra of a song entitled The Heavenly Life, a sort of Land of Cockaigne fantasy about the abundance food, music and fun, all served up by the saints in the next life.
He may scorn the delusions of the day ("Their land of Cockaigne is near, and we all live on credit," he tells Defoe sneeringly) and have a code of ethics--others, including his brother, might sell him out to save their skins; he won't do the same--but he's not a straightforwardly swashbuckling hero.
But even public officials in the Land of Cockaigne are concerned about law-enforcement and health.