Definition of Cajun in US English:



  • 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.

    • ‘You can be born a Cajun, or you can want to become a Cajun.’
    • ‘Rustic, self-sufficient country dwellers, Cajuns lived along the bayous and swamps of Louisiana for more than 200 years.’
    • ‘Being from Louisiana, the Cajuns aren't used to harsh winters.’
    • ‘As Louisiana grew, some Cajuns were pushed and some voluntarily moved with the frontier.’
    • ‘There were no other light-skinned, black Cajuns I knew that would fit that description.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Settling among the isolated bayous of southern Louisiana, Acadians would become Cajuns.’
    • ‘Respondents see people in the region as Cajuns while they see themselves as islanders even though many share the same heritage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, you get your coffee (that dark strong stuff Cajuns are famous for) and think longingly of cooler, dryer climes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Against such a background Creoles and Cajuns, the banished, exiled, outcasts, French and German colonists, intermingled.’
    • ‘Ironically, the tribe's early identification with Cajuns and blacks influenced the federal government's decision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jambalaya is a New Orleans dish that has been adopted by the Cajuns.’
    • ‘She was referring to her encounter with the Cajun, Andre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Cajuns learned to keep their ‘backwater’ preferences, both culinary and musical, hidden from strangers.’
    • ‘Deported to Louisiana by the British around 1613, they became Cajuns.’


  • Relating to the Cajuns, especially with reference to their folk music (typically featuring the concertina, accordion, and fiddle) or spicy cuisine.

    • ‘It was described on the menu as one of a selection of classic steak dishes, perfected using cooking techniques from Cajun cuisine.’
    • ‘The spicy Cajun sauce was too light for my preference; I found the pasta too bland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Links run deep in Louisiana where people like their xylo music loud, their food spicy and where Creole and Cajun culture is still relevant.’
    • ‘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 smoked andouille sausage is simply a pork sausage with Cajun seasoning, and it, too, is spicy and intense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The menu includes nachos, Cajun spicy chicken, Mexican salad, curries and pasta.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stood with three mechanics, all of whom had Cajun accents.’
    • ‘Louisiana's culinary reputation owes as much to this trove of seafood as it does to the creative seasonings of Cajun cuisine.’
    • ‘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.’


Alteration of Acadian.