Cajun

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noun

Ca·​jun ˈkā-jən How to pronounce Cajun (audio)
variants or less commonly Cajan
: a Louisianian descended from French-speaking immigrants from Acadia

Cajun

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adjective

1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Cajuns
2
: of, relating to, or prepared in a style of cooking originating among the Cajuns and characterized by the use of hot seasonings (such as cayenne pepper)

Examples of Cajun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
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Emeril Lagasse from his cooking shows, but the chef has also been recognized with several James Beard awards for his approach to Cajun and Creole cuisine. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 The Big Easy Burger: bacon, pepper jack cheese, Cajun remoulade, jalapeno, and purple onion. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 Apr. 2024 Ryan Gilbert, Strain’s father, also thanked police and the US Cajun Navy for their work on the case earlier in the press conference. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 The United Cajun Navy also arrived in Nashville to help organize volunteer searches. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2024 The United Cajun Navy, a volunteer disaster relief organization, has also participated in the search. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 22 Mar. 2024 In Acadiana, the constellation of communities surrounding Lafayette that make up the heart of Cajun Louisiana, the smell of boils often wafts through neighborhoods. Rick Rojas Emily Kask, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Third up was Cajun salmon with mashed potatoes and corn. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024 One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Rice Cajun or Creole seasoning infuses this dish with loads of flavor. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

alteration of Acadian

First Known Use

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cajun was in 1868

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“Cajun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cajun. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Cajun

1 of 2 noun
Ca·​jun ˈkā-jən How to pronounce Cajun (audio)
: a Louisianian whose ancestors were French-speaking immigrants from Acadia, Canada

Cajun

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of or relating to the Cajuns
2
: prepared in a cooking style originating with the Cajuns and marked by the use of hot seasonings (as cayenne pepper)
Etymology

Noun

from an altered form of Acadian

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