[ ahr-ber ]

nounChiefly British.
  1. a variant of arbor1.

Words Nearby arbour Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use arbour in a sentence

  • I, who had been sitting calm, on the low parapet beneath the tenderly sprouting wistaria arbour, broke my philosophic silence.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • He pointed with his finger and from behind the old yew arbour came the shrill clamour of a little dog in agony.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • The grape arbour along the west side of the sundial lawn was also built, of plain chestnut.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Our ramblers did their duty well, but the grape arbour and the pergola would not be covered properly in a season.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Dick, who had heard nothing of the matter, was up first on that inauspicious day, and took the journal to an arbour in the garden.

    Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for arbour


/ (ˈɑːbə) /

  1. a leafy glade or bower shaded by trees, vines, shrubs, etc, esp when trained about a trellis

  2. obsolete an orchard, garden, or lawn

Origin of arbour

C14 erber, from Old French herbier, from Latin herba grass

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