[ ahr-key-dee-uh n ]
/ ɑrˈkeɪ di ən /


rural, rustic, or pastoral, especially suggesting simple, innocent contentment.


a native of Arcadia.
the dialect of ancient Greek spoken in Arcadia.

Origin of Arcadian

First recorded in 1580–90; Arcadi(a) + -an

Related forms

Ar·ca·di·an·ism, nounAr·ca·di·an·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arcadian


/ (ɑːˈkeɪdɪən) /


of or relating to Arcadia or its inhabitants, esp the idealized Arcadia of pastoral poetry
rustic or bucolica life of Arcadian simplicity


an inhabitant of Arcadia
a person who leads or prefers a quiet simple rural life

Derived Forms

Arcadianism, noun
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