Definition of Arcady in English:


Pronunciation /ˈärkədē/ /ˈɑrkədi/


  • An ideal rustic paradise.

    ‘As Revell puts it in his prefatory note: ‘the Arcady all around.’’
    • ‘The Eclogues came to signify Arcady as a place where poetry and love meet with or avoid the worlds of politics, cities, and empires.’
    • ‘The picture most admired by literary men was Poussin's second treatment of the theme ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’, The Shepherds of Arcady, c. 1650-5 (Paris, Louvre), a picture which fascinated later writers and painters.’
    • ‘Rude as they were, with their heavy, hobnailed shoes, and their awkward gait, they brought a little of Arcady with them.’
    ecstasy, bliss, rapture, contentment, happiness, delight, joy, felicity, supreme happiness, supreme joy, perfect contentment, seventh heaven, cloud nine


Late 16th century from Greek Arkadia (see Arcadia).