Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to Acadia or its people, language, or culture.
  • noun One of the early French settlers of Acadia.
  • noun A descendant of these settlers.
  • noun A dialect of French spoken by the Acadians.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining or relating to Acadia or Nova Scotia.
  • noun A native or an inhabitant of Acadia or Nova Scotia; specifically, one of the original French settlers of Acadia, or of the descendants of those who were expelled in a body by the English in 1755, many of whom formed communities in Louisiana, then a French colony, and have retained the name.
  • noun In geology, the middle division or stage of the Cambrian system of eastern North America, named from its typical development in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but extending into Newfoundland, Cape Breton, and eastern Massachusetts, and perhaps farther south in the Appalachian region.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Acadia, or Nova Scotia.
  • adjective (Geol.) an epoch at the beginning of the American paleozoic time, and including the oldest American rocks known to be fossiliferous. See Geology.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) a small North American owl (Nyctule Acadica); the saw-whet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective geology Of or pertaining to the Acadian epoch.
  • proper noun Canada A French speaking descendant of the early settlers in the Maritime Provinces.
  • proper noun rare Acadian French: the form of French spoken in Acadia.
  • proper noun rare Acadian epoch; the Middle Cambrian; the geologic time period from 497 million year ago to 509 million year ago.

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

  • noun an early French settler in the Maritimes

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Examples

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  • Accordingly, he laid siege to it with the six or seven hundred whites and Indians of his party, aided by the so-called Acadian neutrals.

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  • She added that food - its preparation and consumption - must be classified as Acadian pleasure.

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  • There is an epicurean appeal to Cajun cooking, also known as Acadian cuisine, originating in the entire Cajun region of Louisiana known as Acadiana.

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  • "Acadian" became "Cajun" down south, and the two peoples evolved very differently, but the accent remained the same.

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  • One of the planters so notified was an old Cajun -- Cajun being a corruption of the word "Acadian," denoting those persons of French descent driven from Acadia, in Canada, by the British many years ago.

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