Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In Louisiana, a person reputed to be Acadian French descent. Also used attributively, as in Cajun cooking.

from The 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.

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

  • n. a Louisianian descended from Acadian immigrants from Nova Scotia (`Cajun' comes from `Acadian')

Etymologies

Alteration of Acadian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

Examples

  • MARCIANO: Are you familiar with the term Cajun paper cut?

    CNN Transcript Oct 4, 2005

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Sep 26, 2005

  • 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.

    Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » School Uniforms

  • They bought her, so to speak, in Cajun country from her mother for $500 and two dresses.

    Interest Turns Away, But Gulf Coast Still Suffers

  • 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.

    sense of place

  • 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.

    Into the Story

  • 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?

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Via the DP, we learn of the latest hubbub down in Cajun country:

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • 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.

    Borel's school room was on the racetrack

  • 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.

    The Many Faces of Mardi Gras

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