(Find the OED Database on the King Library Website listing of Databases)
[Poetic ad. Xandu, i.e. Shang-tu, the Mongol city founded by Kublai Khan.]
A place suggestive of the Xanadu portrayed in
Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan, with its dream-like magnificence and
Dates of reference and quotations where Xanadu appears in literature are below:
Purchas his Pilgrimes III. I.
iv. 80 Xandu, which the great Chan Cublay..built;
erecting..a maruellous..palace of marble.
S. T. COLERIDGE
Kubla Khan 55 In Xanadu
did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree.]
i. 7 To that douce country lawyer..Scotland Yard was as
exotic as Xanadu, Hollywood, or parachuting.
Outlaws on Parnassus xi. 165
Desirable readers..do not expect Xanadu to put them in mind of
Aug. 70/1 It was only about half an hour's drive to the
Xanadu of le facteur Cheval.
Guardian 12 Nov. 5/7 Bob's double-tiered
hideaway..overlooking the fairy-lit battlements of his Xanadu in
Don't point that Thing at Me viii. 76
The Ambassador was at some Xanadu-like golf-links far away.
25 July 2/1 We have lived in Southern California for
twelve years and watched nearly everything encapsulate itself within a
plastic bubble; not only giant �pop Xanadus� like Sea World and
Universal Studios, but also miniature golf courses, shopping centers and
finally the American home.