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Of or relating to Acadia or its people, language, or culture.
a. One of the early French settlers of Acadia.
b. A descendant of these settlers.
2. A dialect of French spoken by the Acadians.
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(Placename) denoting or relating to Acadia or its inhabitants
(Historical Terms) any of the early French settlers in Nova Scotia, many of whom were deported to Louisiana in the 18th century. See also Cajun
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(əˈkeɪ di ən)

1. a native or inhabitant of Acadia.
2. any of the French-speaking inhabitants of Acadia expelled by the British 1755–63, and their descendants, esp. in the Maritime Provinces, N Maine, and Louisiana.
3. of or pertaining to Acadia.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Acadian - an early French settler in the MaritimesAcadian - an early French settler in the Maritimes
Cajun - a Louisianian descended from Acadian immigrants from Nova Scotia (`Cajun' comes from `Acadian')
French Canadian - a Canadian descended from early French settlers and whose native language is French
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References in classic literature ?
It should have made him feel that England's triumph and increased dominion could not compensate to mankind nor atone to Heaven for the ashes of a single Acadian cottage.
And yet, in every war, their region was infested with iron-hearted soldiers, both French and English, who fought one another for the privilege of ill-treating these poor, harmless Acadians. Sometimes the treaty of peace made them subjects of one king, sometimes of another.
"These accusations were probably true," observed Grandfather; "for the Acadians were descended from the French, and had the same friendly feelings towards them that the people of Massachusetts had for the English.
A sad day it was for the poor Acadians when the armed soldiers drove them, at the point of the bayonet, down to the sea-shore.
While they thus stood upon the wharf, the curiosity and inquisitiveness of the New England people would naturally lead them into the midst of the poor Acadians. Prying busybodies thrust their heads into the circle wherever two or three of the exiles were conversing together.
But the despair of the Acadians soon had its effect upon these thoughtless lads, and melted them into tearful sympathy.
Perhaps some of the Acadians, in their aimless wanderings through the town, found themselves near a large brick edifice, which was fenced in from the street by an iron railing, wrought with fantastic figures.
"In the removal of the Acadians, the troops were guilty of no cruelty or outrage, except what was inseparable from the measure."
Those who remained behind always cherished a belief that the King of France would never make peace with England till his poor Acadians were restored to their country and their homes."
A youth, a mild-faced Acadian, was drawing water from the cistern, which was nothing more than a rusty buoy, with an opening on one side, sunk in the ground.
The voices went on--Tonie's slow, Acadian drawl, Robert's quick, soft, smooth French.
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