arcadia

noun, often capitalized
ar·​ca·​dia | \är-ˈkā-dē-ə \

Definition of arcadia 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a region or scene of simple pleasure and quiet

Arcadia

geographical name
Ar·​ca·​dia | \är-ˈkā-dē-ə \

Definition of Arcadia (Entry 2 of 2)

1 city in southwestern California east-northeast of Los Angeles population 56,364

2 mountainous region of southern Greece in the central part of the Peloponnese

see also arcadian

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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."

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In this arcadia, their conjoined life once again thrust them back into the spotlight. Yunte Huang, WSJ, "The Amazing American Story of the Original Siamese Twins," 29 Mar. 2018 Departing various Northeastern professional arcadias and supposedly superior dining opportunities for the bleached-linen, biscuit-baking, horsefly-biting landscape of my childhood. Allison Glock, Southern Living, "The Joys of Moving Back South," 14 Sep. 2012 Departing various Northeastern professional arcadias and supposedly superior dining opportunities for the bleached-linen, biscuit-baking, horsefly-biting landscape of my childhood. Allison Glock, Southern Living, "The Joys of Moving Back South," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of arcadia

Noun

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arcadia

Noun

Arcadia, region of ancient Greece frequently chosen as background for pastoral poetry

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arcadia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of arcadia

: a very pleasant and quiet place or scene

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