American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a group of people in southern Louisiana descended from French colonists exiled from Acadia in the 18th century.
- adj. Of or relating to the Cajuns or their culture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fiber-plant, Furcræa Cubensis, of the amaryllis family, a native of tropical America. It yields a strong white fiber used for cordage. Compare cocuiza.
- n. See Cadjen.
- n. A member of an ethnic group of Acadian French origin, primarily living in Southern Louisiana.
- adj. Relating to the Cajun people or their culture.
- adj. Of spicy food prepared in the style of the Cajun people.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Ethnol.) In Louisiana, a person reputed to be Acadian French descent. Also used attributively, as in
- n. a Louisianian descended from Acadian immigrants from Nova Scotia (`Cajun' comes from `Acadian')
- An Anglicization of the Acadian French Cadien, an aphaeretic form of Acadien ("Acadian"), reflecting the palatization of /dj/ to /d͡ʒ/ in the Acadian dialect. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of Acadian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“MARCIANO: Are you familiar with the term Cajun paper cut?”
“This is -- Erath is a town of about 2,500 people or so and is in Vermilion Parish, the heart of what they call Cajun country.”
“And then the House passes the bill and the Senate jacks around for weeks to insure that Nelson gets a Nebraska pony that gives blow jobs and Landrieu gets bags of cash to pass out to her Ragin Cajun friends.”
“They bought her, so to speak, in Cajun country from her mother for $500 and two dresses.”
“I live here, and it's been my home most of my adult life and the few years I spent in Cajun country shouldn't have had such a profound lasting imprint.”
“But for better or worse, they thrived down here, especially in what is known as Cajun country, the geocultural trapezium whose points are New Orleans, Houma, Cameron, and Lafayette.”
“Really, it was pretty damn cool after all that first week of absolute Kafkatrina ass'fuck of western civilization, to have a Ragin Cajun on the scene, ya'know?”
“Via the DP, we learn of the latest hubbub down in Cajun country:”
“But for Borel, who grew up listening to Zydeco music in Cajun country, the most awe-inspiring moment came after violinist Itzhak Perlman completed a performance.”
“And don't forget we have yet another different face of Mardi Gras up here in Cajun & Zydeco country, with our old French traditions like the chicken runs and courirs and capitaines and capuchons etc.”
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