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Acadian

[uh-key-dee-uh n] /əˈkeɪ di ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Acadia or its inhabitants.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Acadia.
3.
Cajun (def 1).
Origin of Acadian
1695-1705
An Americanism dating back to 1695-1705; Acadi(a) + -an
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  • The decrepit figure in its quaint Acadian garb was one to be remembered.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Old Remi Corveau was a man of means among the Acadian peasants.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The Acadian stooped at once and with a quick splash launched his canoe.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • This and most of the unbroken English of this story stands for Acadian French.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • With an Acadian girl such a thing was impossible But girls do not need words.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • The Acadian caterpillar often turns into a Creole butterfly.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • You could not have told whether the Acadian saw the black man or not.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • And here, at this turn of the road, we encounter two Acadian peasants.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • But we are again in the Acadian forest—a truce to moralizing—let us enjoy the scenery.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
British Dictionary definitions for Acadian

Acadian

/əˈkeɪdɪən/
adjective
1.
denoting or relating to Acadia or its inhabitants
noun
2.
any of the early French settlers in Nova Scotia, many of whom were deported to Louisiana in the 18th century See also Cajun
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Word Origin and History for Acadian

1705, from Acadia, Latinized form of Acadie, French name of Nova Scotia, probably from Archadia, the name given to the region by Verrazano in 1520s, from Greek Arkadia, emblematic in pastoral poetry of a place of rural peace (see Arcadian); the name may have been suggested to Europeans by the native Micmac (Algonquian) word akadie "fertile land." The Acadians, expelled by the English in 1755, settled in large numbers in Louisiana (see Cajun, which is a corruption of Acadian).

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