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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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Far out to sea and west of Spain,/There is a country named Cokaygne," goes the poetic description of medieval utopia that could be describing Hayes' destinations, "No place on earth compares to this/ For sheer delightfulness and bliss.
Thus we read that Thomas More "silently presents Utopia as the negation of Carnival, as its impossible logical end" (74) and that Rabelais abstracts and gentrifies the carnival and its associated fantasy of Cokaygne in his grotesque prose romances.
A new section called 'Romance' bundles Sir Gawain (Harrison's translation (1998) replacing the more alliterative one of Stone (1972)) with the additions of Sir Orfeo, Thomas the Rhymer, The Land of Cokaygne, and an expanded selection from Malory ('The fair maid of Astolat' making the cut).