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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for arcade
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  • An arcade of the time of the Renaissance, extremely beautiful, but incongruous, encloses these carvings.

    Barn and the Pyrenees Louisa Stuart Costello
  • There were lifts on each side of this arcade, dozens of them, in cages.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • This arcade, at the most, is thirty paces long by two in breadth.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Otherwise I should not remember the name of the Burlington arcade.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • There is a remarkable series of sculptures above the arcade, which are extremely interesting and merit close study.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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arcade in Technology

A UK BBS for the Acorn Archimedes. Also has links with Demon Internet.
Telephone: +44 (181) 654 2212 (24hrs, most speeds).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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