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Arcadian

[ ahr-key-dee-uhn ]
/ ɑrˈkeɪ di ən /
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adjective

of Arcadia.
(often lowercase) rural, rustic, or pastoral, especially suggesting simple, innocent contentment: They shared the desire to live off the land and lead a life of Arcadian bliss.

noun

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

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Origin of Arcadian

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

OTHER WORDS FROM Arcadian

Ar·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 forms of Arcadian

Arcadianism, noun
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