from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unreal, magical, often bizarre place: regarded New York City as the Oz of the Northeast.
  • n. Slang Australia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An unreal, magical realm.
  • proper n. Australia.


After the fantasy land Oz created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful World of Oz and other novels.
Alteration of Aus(tralian).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After the fictional land in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (Wiktionary)
Modified phonetic contraction of Australia. (Wiktionary)


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