• WordNet 3.6
    • adj arcadian (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic "a country life of arcadian contentment","a pleasant bucolic scene","charming in its pastoral setting","rustic tranquility"
    • n Arcadian an inhabitant of Arcadia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Arcadian Of or pertaining to Arcadia; pastoral; ideally rural; as, Arcadian simplicity or scenery.
    • Arcadian the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken by Arcadians.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Arcadian Of or pertaining to Arcadia, a mountainous district of Greece in the heart of the Peloponnesus, or to its inhabitants, who were a simple pastoral people, fond of music and dancing.
    • Arcadian Pastoral; rustic; simple; innocent.
    • Arcadian Pertaining to or characteristic of the Academy of the Arcadians, an Italian poetical (now also scientific) society founded at Rome in 1690, the aim of the members of which was originally to imitate classic simplicity.
    • Arcadian Sometimes written Arcadic.
    • n Arcadian A native or an inhabitant of Arcadia.
    • n Arcadian A member of the Academy of the Arcadians. See I.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Arcadian ark-ād′i-an pertaining to Arcadia (poet. Ar′cady), a district in Greece whose people were primitive in manners and given to music and dancing: pastoral: simple, innocent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Arcadius, Arcadicus, fr. Arcadia,: cf. F. Arcadien, Arcadique,


In literature:

Quite Arcadian, I am sure, and so truly philanthropic.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The Arcadian community at Brooklands.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Its object was to counteract the influence and superficiality of the Arcadians.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
You would say they were Arcadian shepherds; they only want a bagpipe!
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
Whose name of Rhea's birth-bed still Arcadians keep.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
Here is another gentle and Arcadian sport.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Not all the "pomp and pride and pageantry" of life, could vie with the Arcadian scenes which encircled the rude cottages of those men.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
The more sensible Arcadians, of course, eat exclusively with their knives.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
The Arcadians stoned the traitor, while the gentle Aristomenes wept for him.
"Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Yet there were even more wonders in this forest of Arcadian shepherds, exiled princesses, and lemon-trees.
"The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare" by J. J. Jusserand
Now all was peaceful and Arcadian.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
The first day the line was opened a number of these Arcadians conspired to intercept the train, and have a glorious loot.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
Then Arcadians would drop in.
"International Short Stories" by Various
The mother of the Arcadians became a she-bear, like the mother of the bear stock of the Iroquois.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
It was in this order that they came finally into the Arcadian grass-lands, through a portal as abrupt as a gigantic doorway.
"The King of Arcadia" by Francis Lynde
He swears he can reach the 'Arcadian' before the tender does.
"The Bachelors" by William Dana Orcutt
Sir Philip Sydney had made every thing Arcadian.
"A History of English Poetry: an Unpublished Continuation" by Thomas Warton
Very possibly he's quite well known and laughing at our Arcadian simplicity.
"The Wonderful Visit" by Herbert George Wells
Clearly, he was deeply infatuated with this Arcadian experience and had no thought at present but to continue it indefinitely.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
Or the fell boar that spoiled the Arcadian land?
"Heathen Mythology" by Various

In poetry:

So rude and tuneless are thy lays,
The weary audience vow
'Tis not th' Arcadian swain that sings,
But 'tis his herds that low.
"On Certain Pastorals" by William Shenstone
COUNSEL. Swiftly fled each honeyed hour
Spent with this unmanly male!
Camberwell became a bow'r,
Peckham an Arcadian Vale,
Breathing concentrated otto!—
An existence … la Watteau.
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The Spring is gone. I have not seen
Its fairies tripping on the Block,
Arcadians in grey and green,
The happy flapper in a frock
So dainty that the breezes fret
It like the smoke of cigarette.
"Why Spring Fell Flat" by Edward Dyson
And now it chanc'd the Arcadian youth,
Renown'd for courage, love and truth!
Had sought a favourite maid;
Led by her tender charms to roam,
Forgetting distance from his home,
Abroad too late he stay'd.
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley
Then why, ye nymphs Arcadian, why--
Since Love is general as the air--
Why does he not to Lelia fly,
And soften the obdurate fair?
Scorn nerves her proud, disdainful heart!
She scoffs at Love and all his art!
"Lines After The Manner Of The Olden Time." by George Pope Morris
"Arcadian shepherds, wreathe with ivy-spray
Your budding poet, so that Codrus burst
With envy: if he praise beyond my due,
Then bind my brow with foxglove, lest his tongue
With evil omen blight the coming bard."
"Eclogue 7: Meliboeus Corydon Thrysis" by Publius Vergilius Maro

In news:

Savoring the delights of Handel's Arcadian glade.
Arcadian Visions An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 12–May 11, 2008.
Mark Gould, Allure of Light Arcadian #929, acrylic, 5 x 7.
Mark Gould , Allure of Light Arcadian #929, acrylic, 5 x 7.
Savoring the delights of Handel 's Arcadian glade.
With a Hudson Valley retreat, Thomas Phifer and Partners updated the early modern ideal of a pure volume in an arcadian landscape.