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arbour

[ahr-ber]
noun Chiefly British.
  1. arbor1.
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arbor1

[ahr-ber]
noun
  1. a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.
  2. a latticework bower intertwined with climbing vines and flowers.
  3. Obsolete. a grass plot; lawn; garden; orchard.
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Also especially British, ar·bour.

Origin of arbor1

1350–1400; Middle English (h)erber < Anglo-French, Old French (h)erbier herbarium; respelling with -or under the influence of arbor3
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Examples from the Web for arbour

Historical Examples

  • Then she went down to the arbour where she had shelled peas only that morning.

    The Incomplete Amorist

    E. Nesbit

  • At the end of the walk was an arbour, in which I could see the glimmer of something white.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • May I tell Monsieur Jules to serve breakfast for two in the arbour there?

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Will you sit in that arbour where I first talked to yourself and Miss Ross?

    Against Odds

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • When they had been sitting in the arbour for a quarter of an hour or so she became loquacious.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray


British Dictionary definitions for arbour

arbour

noun
  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
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Word Origin

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

arbor1

noun
  1. the US spelling of arbour
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arbor2

noun
  1. a rotating shaft in a machine or power tool on which a milling cutter or grinding wheel is fitted
  2. a rotating shaft or mandrel on which a workpiece is fitted for machining
  3. metallurgy a part, piece, or structure used to reinforce the core of a mould
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Word Origin

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.

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arbor

n.

c.1300, 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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

arbour in Medicine

arbor

(ärbər)
n. pl. ar•bo•res (ärbə-rēz′)
  1. A treelike anatomical structure.
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