Definitions

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

  • A region and former French colony of eastern Canada, chiefly in Nova Scotia but also including New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island, and the coastal area from the St. Lawrence River south into Maine. During the French and Indian War (1755-1763) many Acadians migrated or were deported by the British to southern territories, including Louisiana, where their descendants came to be known as Cajuns.

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  • proper n. A colonial territory owned by France in the 17th and early 18th centuries, spanning over what is now northeast USA and the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland)
  • proper n. Acadia National Park, a national park in Maine
  • proper n. A parish in southern Louisiana settled by Acadian exiles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the French-speaking part of the Canadian Maritime Provinces.

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

  • n. the French-speaking part of the Canadian Maritime Provinces

Etymologies

From Italian Archadia (1520), possibly from Ancient Greek Ἀρκαδία ("a place of rural peace in pastoral poetry"), or possibly from Algonquin akadie ("fertile land"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Acadia's flagship product will be called Vblock -- described in Acadia marketing literature as "fully integrated, tested, validated, and ready-to-go/ready-to-grow infrastructure packages."

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  • The Acadia is at the intersection of Franklin and Nicollet.

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  • Similarly in Acadia it was the old Army doctors, who in 1783 came along with the ship-loads of loyalist fugitives from the south, and formed the mainstay of the profession, while later, the British regiments at Halifax and elsewhere provided for two generations the foremost practitioners of Nova Scotia, and of New Brunswick, when in 1784 this was separated as a distinct province.

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  • In addition to that the seeds of Empire have been laid through this eastern part of the Dominion for a great many years, through the various surging tides from the old days when there was interest in Acadia, and through Quebec, and up over the rivers, and through the Great Lakes, right down to the present.

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  • But Port Royal and the land about it called Acadia, though much hurt, survived Argall's fishing.

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  • The name Acadia was changed by the conquerors to Nova Scotia.

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  • In order to promote its fur - trading activities in the region it called Acadia (the Atlantic coast of Canada), France attempted to settle colonists near trading posts it had built there.

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  • Time and Tide in Acadia: Seasons on Mount Desert Island, by Christopher Camuto

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  • Williams, Alan F. Father Baudoin's War: D'Iberville's Campaigns in Acadia and Newfoundland, 1696, 1697, edited by Alan G. Macpherson.

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  • See Alan F. Williams, Father Baudoin's War: D'Iberville's Campaigns in Acadia and Newfoundland, 1696, 1697, ed. Alan G. Macpherson (St. John's: Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1987), 60. back

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