Definition of Cajun in English:

Cajun

noun

  • A member of any of the largely self-contained communities in the bayou areas of southern Louisiana formed by descendants of French Canadians, speaking an archaic form of French.

    • ‘Settling among the isolated bayous of southern Louisiana, Acadians would become Cajuns.’
    • ‘Jambalaya is a New Orleans dish that has been adopted by the Cajuns.’
    • ‘At various ports storytellers, bluegrass and blues bands, dancers and Cajuns step aboard to entertain the guests.’
    • ‘Many of them would later find their way to Louisiana where they became known as Cajuns, a derivation of the word Acadian.’
    • ‘Ironically, the tribe's early identification with Cajuns and blacks influenced the federal government's decision.’
    • ‘Respondents see people in the region as Cajuns while they see themselves as islanders even though many share the same heritage.’
    • ‘Deported to Louisiana by the British around 1613, they became Cajuns.’
    • ‘No matter how complex or dire a given situation appears to be, the easygoing Cajun is likely to respond with a quick ‘No problem,’ which lets everyone know he has everything under control.’
    • ‘Speaking fluent French was a real asset in the land of the Cajuns, and most fun was working with the trappers, duck hunters and alligator harvesters with their leases.’
    • ‘The premier said he was moved by a Louisiana woman who said that while Cajuns have their hearts in Louisiana, their souls will forever be in Acadia.’
    • ‘As Louisiana grew, some Cajuns were pushed and some voluntarily moved with the frontier.’
    • ‘Against such a background Creoles and Cajuns, the banished, exiled, outcasts, French and German colonists, intermingled.’
    • ‘Being from Louisiana, the Cajuns aren't used to harsh winters.’
    • ‘Rustic, self-sufficient country dwellers, Cajuns lived along the bayous and swamps of Louisiana for more than 200 years.’
    • ‘The Cajuns learned to keep their ‘backwater’ preferences, both culinary and musical, hidden from strangers.’
    • ‘You can be born a Cajun, or you can want to become a Cajun.’
    • ‘Well, you get your coffee (that dark strong stuff Cajuns are famous for) and think longingly of cooler, dryer climes.’
    • ‘She was referring to her encounter with the Cajun, Andre.’
    • ‘There were no other light-skinned, black Cajuns I knew that would fit that description.’
    • ‘As a civil engineer squadron, the Cajuns have deployed to all corners of the globe over the years and have enjoyed the many opportunities they've had to help others.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Cajuns, especially with reference to their folk music or spicy cuisine.

    ‘Cajun chicken’
    • ‘My first visit a few months ago, which found the restaurant serving mostly fish and chips and fried chicken with nary a piece of Cajun cuisine to be found, was a big disappointment.’
    • ‘Following the instructions on the packages, she placed the beef in a fajita marinade, the chicken in a Cajun marinade and the shrimp in a Caribbean jerk marinade.’
    • ‘Louisiana's culinary reputation owes as much to this trove of seafood as it does to the creative seasonings of Cajun cuisine.’
    • ‘A commendably high number of dishes come with gravy, and other choices include venison pie, pork belly and mash, fish and chips or Cajun chicken.’
    • ‘The smoked andouille sausage is simply a pork sausage with Cajun seasoning, and it, too, is spicy and intense.’
    • ‘So they entertained guests with tarot-card readers and a sketch artist à la Jackson Square and supped on Cajun delights including boiled crawfish and shrimp étouffée.’
    • ‘Links run deep in Louisiana where people like their xylo music loud, their food spicy and where Creole and Cajun culture is still relevant.’
    • ‘‘I visited over 60 stations doing some very fun things, from hosting a local live shindig from a bar in Reno, to hosting shows from Alaska to Cajun country,’ she says.’
    • ‘Diane's menus are more likely to include tandoori fish, Cajun potatoes, salad and salsa, pizza and various meats seasoned with chilli, paprika, coriander, turmeric and ginger.’
    • ‘My ace in the hole for the outing was a visit to a new shop offering beignets, those delectable deep-fried Cajun pastries smothered in powdered sugar.’
    • ‘The Grammy-winning group has been together for more than 30 years in one form or another and is easily the best hard-core Cajun band in the world.’
    • ‘He stood with three mechanics, all of whom had Cajun accents.’
    • ‘This seems particularly appropriate for a day spent getting lost, meandering first through swampy Cajun country, then past never-ending expanses of ripening corn and deserted townships.’
    • ‘By mid-morning an Acadian festival will also be blasting out a constant stream of francophone and Cajun music as part of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the French in North America.’
    • ‘Driving west into Cajun country brings up nothing but swampland for 40 miles, followed briefly by the city of Baton Rouge before the highway takes you back into this mysterious, sinister-seeming countryside.’
    • ‘The menu includes nachos, Cajun spicy chicken, Mexican salad, curries and pasta.’
    • ‘If I wasn't careful, though, I'd be heading home with the warped notion that Cajun life was only about fine food, foot-tapping music and letting the good times roll.’
    • ‘The spicy Cajun sauce was too light for my preference; I found the pasta too bland.’
    • ‘Even when the other boots made fun of him for letting go of the round, he trudged on, sometimes making his tormentors chuckle with a self-deprecating joke, always with that Cajun smile.’
    • ‘It was described on the menu as one of a selection of classic steak dishes, perfected using cooking techniques from Cajun cuisine.’

Origin

Alteration of Acadian.

Pronunciation

Cajun

/ˈkeɪdʒ(ə)n/