Brigadoon

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

After the village in the 1947 musical of the same name, written by Alan Jay Lerner. That village appears for only one day every hundred years. The name of the village is taken from the Brig o' Doon mediaeval bridge, in Ayrshire, Scotland[1].

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Noun[edit]

Brigadoon (plural Brigadoons)

  1. A place that seems magically transient.
    • 1988, Cruise Travel magazine (volume 10, number 1, July 1988, p.46)
      A mile walk took us into Mountshannon, a sort of Brigadoon, so quiet in the warm sun we thought it deserted.
    • 2003, George Howe Colt, The big house: a century in the life of an American summer home:
      But low tide allowed us to walk on tiptoes along an underwater sandbar, and explore the tide pools, miniature maritime Brigadoons in which we'd find crabs...

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shelby, Barry (2011) Frommer's Edinburgh and Glasgow, Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 254