Arcadian

[ ahr-key-dee-uh n ]
/ ɑrˈkeɪ di ən /

adjective

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

noun

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

Origin of Arcadian

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

Related formsAr·ca·di·an·ism, nounAr·ca·di·an·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for arcadian

Arcadian

/ (ɑːˈkeɪdɪən) /

adjective

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

noun

an inhabitant of Arcadia
a person who leads or prefers a quiet simple rural life
Derived FormsArcadianism, noun

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Word Origin and History for arcadian

Arcadian

"ideally rustic or rural; an idealized rustic," 1580s, from Greek Arkadia, district in the Peloponnesus, taken by poets as an ideal region of rural felicity, traditionally from Arkas (genitive Arkadas), son of Zeus, name of the founder and first ruler of Arcadia.

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