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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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Although the romantic environment and the abundance of food can be construed as utopian at a very basic level, for example, with comparison to the fourteenth-century poem "The Land of Cokaygne," which depicts a land of plenty, this was not the utopian aspect that attracted these Gaelic Leaguers to the Aran Islands.
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.
Cockaigne or CockayneMiddle English Cokaygne, from Old French Cocagne
12) The implication of the marginal reference to |Osney alias Godstow' is that relations between the two houses were as licentious as in the Middle English The Land of Cokaygne those between the |wel fair abbei/Of white monkes and of grei' (lines 51-2) and the nearby |gret fair nunnerie' (line 148).