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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 awed popular reaction to the rumors, and then the products, of the Mekiwerke suggests as much: "Man traumte, war in einem Schlaraffenland.
In the Schlaraffenland, (1) with a superabundance of goods, no conflict can arise (except for conflicts regarding the use of our physical bodies that embody our very own interests and ideas).
It is known by many other terms: Schlaraffenland, Pfannkuckenberg (Pancake Land), Bauernhimmel (Peasants' Heaven), Luilekkerland (Land of Loafers), Mag-mell (Plain of Pleasure), El Dorado, Bensalem, Lubberland, and numerous others.
At least since the 1830s, Schlaraffenland appeared in discussions of migration to America in German-speaking communities, where the word referred to the naive belief that a wonderland of idleness and easy bounty waited across the sea.