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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
1695-1705
1695-1705, Americanism; Acadi(a) + -an
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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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