Definition of arcadia
: a region or scene of simple pleasure and quiet
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Arcadia is a mountainous, landlocked region of Greece. The Roman poet Virgil recognized that Arcadia's isolation and bucolic character make it a perfect setting for pastoral poetry, and over the centuries many other writers have agreed. In the poems of Arcadia, naive and ideal innocence is often unaffected by the passions of the larger world. Shepherds play their pipes and sigh with longing for flirtatious nymphs; shepherdesses sing to their flocks; and goat-footed nature gods cavort in the fields and woods. Now English speakers often use arcadia to designate a place of rustic innocence and simple, quiet pleasure. Arcadian can mean "idyllically pastoral" or "idyllically innocent, simple, or untroubled."
Origin and Etymology of arcadia
Arcadia, region of ancient Greece frequently chosen as background for pastoral poetry
First Known Use: 1847
ARCADIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arcadia for English Language Learners
: a very pleasant and quiet place or scene
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