Definitions for Cajunˈkeɪ dʒən
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a Louisianian descended from Acadian immigrants from Nova Scotia (`Cajun' comes from `Acadian')
In Louisiana, a person reputed to be Acadian French descent. Also used attributively, as in Cajun cooking.
Origin: [A corruption of Acadian.]
A member of an ethnic group of Acadian French origin, primarily living in Southern Louisiana.
Relating to the Cajun people or their culture.
Of spicy food prepared in the style of the Cajun people.
Origin: An Anglicization of the Cadien, an aphæresis form of Acadien, reflecting the palatization of to in the Acadian dialect.
Cajuns are an ethnic group mainly living in the U.S. state of Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles. Today, the Cajuns make up a significant portion of south Louisiana's population, and have exerted an enormous impact on the state's culture. While Lower Louisiana had been settled by French colonists since the late 17th century, the Cajuns trace their roots to the influx of Acadian settlers after the Great Expulsion from their homeland during the French and Indian War. The Acadia region to which modern Cajuns trace their origin consisted largely of what are now New Brunswick and the other Maritime provinces, plus parts of eastern Quebec and northern Maine. Since their establishment in Louisiana the Cajuns have developed their own dialect, Cajun French, and developed a vibrant culture including folkways, music, and cuisine.
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