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[ahr-keyd] /ɑrˈkeɪd/
  1. a series of arches supported on piers or columns.
  2. an arched, roofed-in gallery.
    Compare colonnade.
an arched or covered passageway, usually with shops on each side.
an establishment, public area, etc., containing games of a mechanical and electronic type, as pinball and video games, that can be played by a customer for a fee.
an ornamental carving, as on a piece of furniture, in the form of a row of arches.
verb (used with object), arcaded, arcading.
to provide with an arcade.
Origin of arcade
1725-35; < French < Italian arcata arch, equivalent to arc(o) arch (see arc) + -ata -ate1 Unabridged
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  • This arcade, at the most, is thirty paces long by two in breadth.

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  • The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley.

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  • She accompanied the guests into the arcade, and Laurent also went down with a lamp in his hand.

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  • He arranged another meeting, and returned to the arcade of the Pont Neuf.

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  • The shop in the arcade of the Pont Neuf remained closed for three days.

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British Dictionary definitions for arcade


a set of arches and their supporting columns
a covered and sometimes arched passageway, usually with shops on one or both sides
a building, or part of a building, with an arched roof
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian arcata, from arco, from Latin arcus bow, arch
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Word Origin and History for arcade

1731 (as arcado, from 1640s), from Italian arcata "arch of a bridge," from arco "arc," from Latin arcus (see arc). Applied to passages formed by a succession of arches, avenues of trees, and ultimately to any covered avenue, especially one lined with shops (1731) or amusements; hence arcade game (1977).

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