- a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.
- a latticework bower intertwined with climbing vines and flowers.
- Obsolete. a grass plot; lawn; garden; orchard.
Origin of arbor1
Examples from the Web for arbour
Then she went down to the arbour where she had shelled peas only that morning.The Incomplete Amorist
At the end of the walk was an arbour, in which I could see the glimmer of something white.Wilfrid Cumbermede
May I tell Monsieur Jules to serve breakfast for two in the arbour there?The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Will you sit in that arbour where I first talked to yourself and Miss Ross?Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
When they had been sitting in the arbour for a quarter of an hour or so she became loquacious.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- a leafy glade or bower shaded by trees, vines, shrubs, etc, esp when trained about a trellis
- obsolete an orchard, garden, or lawn
- the US spelling of arbour
- a rotating shaft in a machine or power tool on which a milling cutter or grinding wheel is fitted
- a rotating shaft or mandrel on which a workpiece is fitted for machining
- metallurgy a part, piece, or structure used to reinforce the core of a mould
Word Origin and History for arbour
c.1300, herber, "herb garden," from Old French erbier "field, meadow; kitchen garden," from Latin herba "grass, herb" (see herb). Later "a grassy plot" (early 14c., a sense also in Old French), "a shaded nook" (mid-14c.). Probably not from Latin arbor "tree," though perhaps influenced by its spelling.
- A treelike anatomical structure.