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also Ca·jan  (kā′jən)
A member of a group of people in southern Louisiana descended from French colonists exiled from Acadia in the 1700s.
Of or relating to the Cajuns or their culture.

[Alteration of Acadian.]
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1. (Peoples) a native of Louisiana descended from 18th-century Acadian immigrants
2. (Languages) the dialect of French spoken by such people
3. (Music, other) the music of this ethnic group, combining blues and European folk music
4. (Peoples) denoting, relating to, or characteristic of such people, their language, or their music
5. (Languages) denoting, relating to, or characteristic of such people, their language, or their music
6. (Music, other) denoting, relating to, or characteristic of such people, their language, or their music
[C19: alteration of Acadian; compare Injun for Indian]
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(ˈkeɪ dʒən)

1. a member of the traditionally Roman Catholic, French-speaking population of rural S Louisiana, descended largely from French colonists expelled from Acadia in 1755–63.
2. the form of French spoken by the Cajuns.
[1875–80; aph. variant of Acadian]
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Noun1.Cajun - a Louisianian descended from Acadian immigrants from Nova Scotia (`Cajun' comes from `Acadian')
Acadian - an early French settler in the Maritimes
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A. ADJcajún
Cajun cookerycocina f tipo cajún
B. N
1. (= person) → cajún mf
2. (Ling) → cajún m
A los habitantes del sur de Luisiana que hablan un dialecto francés se les llama Cajuns. Son los descendientes de los canadienses franceses expulsados de Nueva Escocia por los británicos en 1755, llamada entonces Acadia (Cajun es la forma acortada de Acadian). El dialecto combina francés arcaico con inglés y español, junto con algunas palabras y frases hechas indias. Tanto su comida picante como su música se conocen hoy en el mundo entero.
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adj [music, food, area] → cajun inv
(= person) → Cajun mf
(LINGUISTICS) (= language) → cajun m
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This prairie along the southern coast is also known as "Cajun prairie," because this is the territory where Europeans of Erench origin (the Cajuns) settled in largest numbers, since the last derangement (mass deportations of Erench colonists by the British who had settled initially in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1755).
The fact is, though, as I croaked out to my battered pillow, I'm sick and tired of folks from the north and east and west swooping down like some guardian angels whenever some environmental disaster occurs in Louisiana, speaking for us, as if us poor white and black folks, us coonasses and Cajuns, can't speak for ourselves, don't have a voice, or that what we have to say is not worth listening to.
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"The racist messages I received while growing up were much stronger than the homophobic messages," he says, explaining that Cajuns, whose ancestors were brutally deported by the British from Acadia (now Nova Scotia) to Louisiana in the 1750s, have a long history of persecution and therefore seek another minority to malign.