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arcade

[ahr-keyd]
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noun
  1. Architecture.
    1. a series of arches supported on piers or columns.
    2. an arched, roofed-in gallery.Compare colonnade.
  2. an arched or covered passageway, usually with shops on each side.
  3. 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.
  4. an ornamental carving, as on a piece of furniture, in the form of a row of arches.
verb (used with object), ar·cad·ed, ar·cad·ing.
  1. to provide with an arcade.

Origin of arcade

1725–35; < French < Italian arcata arch, equivalent to arc(o) arch (see arc) + -ata -ate1
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  • This arcade, at the most, is thirty paces long by two in breadth.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

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

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

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

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

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

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

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

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for arcade

arcade

noun
  1. a set of arches and their supporting columns
  2. a covered and sometimes arched passageway, usually with shops on one or both sides
  3. 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

n.

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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