Definitions

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

  • n. An idyllic, beautiful place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The summer capital of Kublai Khan's empire

Etymologies

After Xanadu, a place in "Kubla Khan,” a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mandarin 上都 (Shàngdū). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Xanadu" is one of my favorite Rush tunes, especially the live version.

    Tuesday Tune: '2112' by Rush

  • I noticed how much blonde actress Laurette Spang resembled Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu, two full years before that opus.

    Weekly Mishmash: August 30-September 5 : Scrubbles.net

  • One of the latter is a stone post embellished with writhing dragons, a monument from Khubilai Khan's celebrated "stately pleasure dome" in Xanadu:

    Lee Rosenbaum: Barbarians Tamed: The Met's Timid "Khubilai Khan" Exhibition

  • Ted Nelson's Ur-hypertext project Xanadu is open-source and online.

    Boing Boing: January 6, 2002 - January 12, 2002 Archives

  • Kubla Khan was his name in Xanadu of course, but in Hong Kong, for the sake of convenience and brevity, he was called Catchik Chater.

    In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World

  • After scoring with his campy stage adaptation of "Xanadu" -- perhaps not coincidentally, another project with Greek roots -- playwright/librettist Douglas Carter Beane has cleverly transformed Aristophanes 'ancient scenario about sexual politics into a contemporary musical comedy with the raunchy-but-sweet flavor of an "American Pie" romp.

    Variety.com

  • "Xanadu" - the-movie boasts cheesy supernatural effects, bewildering characterizations

    The Seattle Times

  • "Xanadu" - inspired video features four young-ins on a kiddie-go-round and in particular one pre-pubescent

    Subterranean Blog

  • The stalled $3.8-billion project—formerly known as Xanadu and since renamed American Dream at Meadowlands—has bedeviled two previous teams of developers over eight years.

    Mall Seeks Public Aid

  • That's because of the 4.5-million-square-foot American Dream complex formerly known as Xanadu, due to open in the Meadowlands in late 2013.

    A Whopping Shopping Saga

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