EXAMPLES | noun 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.
, especially British ar·bour. Origin of arbor 1 1350–1400; Middle English
Anglo-French, Old French
; respelling with
under the influence of
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Examples from the Web for arbour Historical Examples of arbour
Then she went down to the
arbour where she had shelled peas only that morning.
At the end of the walk was an
arbour, in which I could see the glimmer of something white.
May I tell Monsieur Jules to serve breakfast for two in the
Will you sit in that
arbour where I first talked to yourself and Miss Ross?
When they had been sitting in the
arbour for a quarter of an hour or so she became loquacious. British Dictionary definitions for arbour noun a leafy glade or bower shaded by trees, vines, shrubs, etc, esp when trained about a trellis obsolete an orchard, garden, or lawn Word Origin for arbour
erber, from Old French herbier, from Latin herba grass noun 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 for arbor
C17: from Latin: tree, mast
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Word Origin and History for arbour n.
chiefly British English spelling of
arbor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or. n.
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.
The change from
er- to ar- before consonants in Middle English also reflects a pronunciation shift: cf. farm from ferme, harbor from Old English herebeorg.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
n. pl. ar•bo•res ( är) ′bə-rēz′ A treelike anatomical structure.
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