Xanadu Definition

zănə-do͝o, -dyo͝o
An idyllic, beautiful place.
American Heritage
Any luxurious or exotic estate, mansion, etc.
Webster's New World

Origin of Xanadu

  • From Xanadu archaic English name for Kublai Khan's summer capital in Inner Mongolia (described in the poem “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a place of great marvels) ultimately from early Mandarin ʂaŋ` tū (equivalent to Modern Mandarin Shàngdū) (shàng upper) ( capital)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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