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Ar·​ca·​di·​an är-ˈkā-dē-ən How to pronounce Arcadian (audio)
often not capitalized : a person who lives a simple quiet life
: a native or inhabitant of Arcadia
: the dialect of ancient Greek used in Arcadia


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ar·​ca·​di·​an är-ˈkā-dē-ən How to pronounce arcadian (audio)
often capitalized
: of or relating to Arcadia or the Arcadians
: of or relating to Arcadian
: idyllically pastoral
especially : idyllically innocent, simple, or untroubled

Examples of Arcadian in a Sentence

Adjective the painter is well-known for depictions of mute, slightly mysterious figures in arcadian settings
Recent Examples on the Web
Firefighters responded to the single-alarm fire at The Arcadian Hotel at 1200 Beacon St. around 2 a.m., officials wrote on the Brookline Fire Department’s Facebook page. Emily Sweeney,, 11 July 2023 On it, the September Arcadian Man, a pitcher of lemonade, and a to-do list: 1. Hazlitt, 14 June 2023 Officers were called to the Arcadian Apartments, at 4611 E. Loop 1604, just before 2 a.m. for a shooting in progress. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 7 June 2023 New Berlin police continued the pursuit along Arcadian Avenue, Springdale Road, and Cleveland Avenue, with authorities setting up stop sticks — devices used to flatten the tires on passing vehicles — at various points. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2023
Over the next few decades, back to the soil, ski bum, and jam band dreams flourished in these arcadian corners. Jeff Weiss, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 Until recently, the Falkland Islands were a quasi-feudal colony, in which an arcadian Britain of the past was preserved in microcosm—a population of eighteen hundred, territory a little larger than Jamaica. Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker, 29 June 2020 With hilltop farms in trouble, Potter’s wondrous arcadian refuge is increasingly a battleground for tourism, but what form of tourism is the question. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, 20 Apr. 2018 The formal precision in these pictures can be eye-popping, and the compositional symmetry and the positioning of the figures in arcadian settings evoke Mannerist, and, at other times, Pre-Raphaelite qualities. Philip Gefter, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Arcadian was in 1565

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“Arcadian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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