- a member of a group of people living in parts of the South, especially Alabama, whose ancestry is a mixture of white, black, and possibly Indian.
Origin of Cajan
see origin at Cajun
- a member of a group of people with an enduring cultural tradition whose French Catholic ancestors established permanent communities in Louisiana and Maine after being expelled from Acadia in the late 18th century.
- the French dialect of the Cajuns.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Cajuns, especially those of Louisiana: Cajun cooking.
Origin of Cajun
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Examples from the Web for cajan
- a native of Louisiana descended from 18th-century Acadian immigrants
- the dialect of French spoken by such people
- the music of this ethnic group, combining blues and European folk music
- denoting, relating to, or characteristic of such people, their language, or their music
C19: alteration of Acadian; compare Injun for Indian
Word Origin and History for cajan
1868, Cagian, dialectic pronunciation of Acadian, from Acadia, former French colony in what is now Canadian Maritimes. Its French setters were dispersed and exiled by the English and thousands made their way to New Orleans in the period 1764-1788.
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