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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the ancient Greek region of Arcadia or its people, language, or culture.
  • adj. Rustic, peaceful, and simple; pastoral: a country life of arcadian contentment.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek region of Arcadia.
  • n. One who leads or prefers a simple, rural life.
  • n. The dialect of ancient Greek used in Arcadia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inhabitant of ancient Arcadia.
  • n. An ideal rustic.
  • adj. Pertaining to ancient Arcadia.
  • adj. Ideally rustic.
  • n. An inhabitant or a resident of Arcadia, (US), and its suburbs.
  • n. A thing that originates from Arcadia, (US).
  • adj. Pertaining to Arcadia (US).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Arcadia; pastoral; ideally rural.
  • adj. the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken by Arcadians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Arcadia, a mountainous district of Greece in the heart of the Peloponnesus, or to its inhabitants, who were a simple pastoral people, fond of music and dancing.
  • Pastoral; rustic; simple; innocent.
  • Pertaining to or characteristic of the Academy of the Arcadians, an Italian poetical (now also scientific) society founded at Rome in 1690, the aim of the members of which was originally to imitate classic simplicity.
  • Sometimes written Arcadic.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Arcadia.
  • n. A member of the Academy of the Arcadians. See I.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic
  • n. an inhabitant of Arcadia

Etymologies

From Latin Arcadius (Wiktionary)
From Arcadia + -ian (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • There was a huge effort led by a private ambulance company called Arcadian Ambulances (ph) to air-lift these babies out.

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  • In telling me of this he tried to recall his Arcadian name, but could only remember that it was "Olympico something."

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  • You cannot imagine, Clarinda (I like the idea of Arcadian names in a commerce of this kind), how much store I have set by the hopes of your future friendship.

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  • -- At the close of the seventeenth century, a new dawn arose in the history of Italian letters, and the general corruption which had extended to every branch of literature and paralyzed the Italian mind began to be arrested by the appearance of writers of better taste; the affectations of the Marinists and of the so-called Arcadian poets were banished from literature; science was elevated and its dominion extended, the melodrama, comedy, and tragedy recreated, and a new spirit infused into every branch of composition.

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  • A wall was lined with books on subjects such as Arcadian architecture, roof gardens and sound environments.

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  • There were small paintings clustered in groups on the walls, some in gold frames and some in wooden ones, and they were Jordan’s favorite kind of art, paintings that lsooked like actual things, instead of being a collection of smears and blotches called Arcadian Sunset or Woman on the Verge.

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  • She wanted me to make a fourth in a theatre party at the 'Arcadian' to-night, and I

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  • "Will you drop in at the 'Arcadian' to-night?" she said.

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  • The region of Greece known in classical times as Arcadia is quite mountainous. It was therefore rather inaccessible and so was well known for its peaceful, rustic way of life.

    September 13, 2010