Ar·​ca·​di·​an | \ är-ˈkā-dē-ən How to pronounce Arcadian (audio) \

Definition of Arcadian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 often not capitalized : a person who lives a simple quiet life
2 : a native or inhabitant of Arcadia
3 : the dialect of ancient Greek used in Arcadia


adjective, often capitalized
ar·​ca·​di·​an | \ är-ˈkā-dē-ən How to pronounce arcadian (audio) \

Definition of arcadian (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of or relating to Arcadia or the Arcadians
b : of or relating to Arcadian
2 : idyllically pastoral especially : idyllically innocent, simple, or untroubled

Examples of Arcadian in a Sentence

Adjective the painter is fond of depicting mute, slightly mysterious figures in arcadian settings
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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

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First Known Use of Arcadian


1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Arcadian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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