from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region of ancient Greece in the Peloponnesus. Its inhabitants, relatively isolated from the rest of the known civilized world, proverbially lived a simple, pastoral life.
  • A city of southern California, a residential suburb of Los Angeles at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Population: 56,500.
  • n. A region offering rural simplicity and contentment.

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  • proper n. A district or a prefecture in the central and mid SE Peloponnese that has a population of more than 110,000. Tripoli is the capital and a main city with a population over 22,000.
  • proper n. A mountainous region of ancient Greece.
  • proper n. A city in California, USA.
  • proper n. A city in Louisiana, USA.
  • proper n. Used as a name for an ideal region of rural and idyllic contentment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mountainous and picturesque district of Greece, in the heart of the Peloponnesus, whose people were distinguished for contentment and rural happiness.
  • n. Fig.: Any region or scene of simple pleasure and untroubled quiet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a department of Greece in the central Peloponnese


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From Ancient Greek Ἀρκαδία.



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  • For a comment about the region in Greece, see Arcadian.

    For a comment about the letters R, K, D, and N, see arcadian.

    For a comment about the saying Et in Arcadia ego, see arcadia.

    For an example of arcades ambo, see curculio.

    For a play about mathematics, time, rice pudding, garden design, Byron, and a hermitage, see Arcadia by Tom Stoppard.

    September 13, 2010