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

  • noun A mountainous and picturesque district of Greece, in the heart of the Peloponnesus, whose people were distinguished for contentment and rural happiness.
  • noun Fig.: Any region or scene of simple pleasure and untroubled quiet.

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  • proper noun A district or a prefecture in the central and mid SE Peloponnese that has a population of more than 110,000. Tripoli is the capital and a main city with a population over 22,000.
  • proper noun A mountainous region of ancient Greece.
  • proper noun A city in California, USA.
  • proper noun A city in Louisiana, USA.
  • proper noun Used as a name for an ideal region of rural and idyllic contentment.

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  • noun a department of Greece in the central Peloponnese

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Ἀρκαδία.

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  • For a comment about the region in Greece, see Arcadian.

    For a comment about the letters R, K, D, and N, see arcadian.

    For a comment about the saying Et in Arcadia ego, see arcadia.

    For an example of arcades ambo, see curculio.

    For a play about mathematics, time, rice pudding, garden design, Byron, and a hermitage, see Arcadia by Tom Stoppard.

    September 13, 2010