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[ahr-key-dee-uh n] /ɑrˈkeɪ di ən/
of Arcadia.
rural, rustic, or pastoral, especially suggesting simple, innocent contentment.
a native of Arcadia.
the dialect of ancient Greek spoken in Arcadia.
Origin of Arcadian
1580-90; Arcadi(a) + -an
Related forms
Arcadianism, noun
Arcadianly, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Already the Arcadian cavalry and the brave Etruscan together hold the appointed ground.

  • Meanwhile most of the Arcadian contingents were mustering at Asea.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • But the Arcadian hours continued, and two more weeks passed slowly by.

    Jupiter Lights Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Agias the Arcadian and Socrates the Achæan were also put to death.

  • Michael often looked back to that first term in the Lower Third as a period of Arcadian simplicity, a golden age.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • In Eleusis he killed Cercyon, the Arcadian, in a wrestling match.

  • Thereupon he was introduced to a whole troop of Arcadian shepherds, who welcomed him most heartily.

    A Short History of Italy Henry Dwight Sedgwick
  • This victory greatly enhanced the fame of the Arcadian general.

  • Or in the most Arcadian parts of the battle area he may come alone against some peculiar shock from which he never recovers.

    The Secret Battle A. P. Herbert
  • Epona was a horse-goddess, and Callisto in an Arcadian myth was changed into a bear.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
British Dictionary definitions for Arcadian


of or relating to Arcadia or its inhabitants, esp the idealized Arcadia of pastoral poetry
rustic or bucolic: a 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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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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