A Dictionary of the Cajun Language by Reverend Jules O. Daigle (Book)


A MUST for every household of CAJUN DESCENT! Also referred to as the “Cajun Dictionary.” Rev. Daigle was the first to compose a seemingly complete Dictionary of the Cajun Language. His work was likened to that of Samuel Johnson compiling the first English dictionary in 1755.

The text in this dictionary is divided into two sections. In the first, English words are listed followed by their Cajun equivalent. Wherever called for, sample expressions, pertinent sayings, axioms, etc. are cited. Cajun being such a rich language, it often happens that for one English word there are a dozen or more Cajun words, each carrying subtle differences and requiring different applications. In such cases, the correct usage is exemplified. Since this dictionary is principally intended for the use of English-speaking Americans (Cajun or otherwise), the English to Cajun section is considerably more comprehensive than the Cajun to English section.

In the Cajun to English section, most of the English words which form part of the Cajun language are omitted, for obvious reasons. On the other hand, many standard French words which are seldom used by Cajuns are nevertheless listed. Such words are usually followed by a preferable or more commonly used Cajun word. The purpose for this arrangement is to show the differences as well as the similarities of Cajun and standard French. By this means, Cajuns can become familiar with numerous standard French words and integrate them into their vocabulary; and French-speaking persons of other nations can enrich their particular type of French with our unique Cajun vocabulary.

Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 640
Orig. Publication Date: 1984
Dimensions: 6″ X 9″