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First attested in 1705. From Acadia +‎ -an ‎(one that is).



Acadian ‎(comparative more Acadian, superlative most Acadian)

  1. Of or pertaining to Acadia, its people, or their language or culture. [First attested in the early 19th century.][1]
  2. (geology) Of or pertaining to the Acadian epoch.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The second US pronunciation is a rarely used historical version, that lead to the word Cajun.[2]

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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A native of Acadia or their descendants who moved to Louisiana; a Cajun. [First attested in the early 18th century.][1]
  2. (Canada) A French speaking descendant of the early settlers in the Maritime Provinces.
  3. (rare) Acadian French: the form of French spoken in Acadia.
    In many places, Acadian has been supplanted by English and by Standard French.
  4. (rare) Acadian epoch; the Middle Cambrian; the geologic time period from 497 million year ago to 509 million year ago.
    The Burgess Shale contains fossils of very odd organisms that lived during the Acadian.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7)
  2. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5)