Definition of Xanadu in US English:



  • An idealized place of great or idyllic magnificence and beauty.

    ‘three architects and a planner combine to create a Xanadu’
    • ‘‘This world he has created is a Xanadu, an Eden of sorts,’ the actor carries on.’
    • ‘I meet this unlikely pair at Bertram's Longfellow home, a Xanadu of domesticity that she shares with her husband.’
    • ‘Scientists believe they have spotted a continent, which they're calling Xanadu.’
    • ‘Coleridge created his Xanadu by locating his poems in the true, at many levels, and working towards a kind of exorcism and expiation.’
    • ‘Old fields like the Polo Grounds and Forbes Field were personality-packed Xanadus.’
    • ‘For the hardcore, even if you never get to MetroFlex, knowing that such a Xanadu still exists should gladden your heart.’
    • ‘The village is just like a Xanadu concealed in the mountain.’
    • ‘In the 1990s, he built his own Xanadu, Cuixmala, amid 2,000 acres of rainforest in Yucatan, Mexico.’
    • ‘Everywhere you looked, serious, august news organizations were indulging very spoiled, very rich men who've built their own Xanadus the same way boys build forts out of sofa cushions and bed sheets.’


Alteration of Shang-tu, the name of an ancient city in what is now the Inner Mongolia region of China, as portrayed in Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan (1816).