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, pertaining to, or characteristic of Cajuns, especially those of Louisiana:
1868, Cagian, dialectic pronunciation of Acadian, from Acadia, former French colony in what is now Canadian Maritimes. Its Fr. setters were dispersed and exiled by the English and thousands made their way to New Orleans in the period 1764-1788.
A native of Louisiana believed to be descended from the French exiles from Acadia (seeNova Scotia). Cajuns have maintained a separate culture, including a special dialect and distinctive cooking style.