- a series of arches supported on piers or columns.
- 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.
- to provide with an arcade.
Origin of arcade
Related Words for arcademall, gallery, walkway, portico, passageway, cloister, colonnade, piazza, loggia, stoa
Examples from the Web for arcade
Contemporary Examples of arcade
I remember the rush when I even got close to an Asteroids game in an arcade or a pizzeria.
Even though it was a school day—about fifth period, I calculated—the arcade was filled with seventh graders.
Marketing data from the initial field test indicated that the game was being played virtually every minute the arcade was open.
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Historical Examples of arcade
This arcade, at the most, is thirty paces long by two in breadth.
The shop in the Arcade of the Pont Neuf remained closed for three days.
He had an idea of getting up, and returning to the Arcade of the Pont Neuf.
She accompanied the guests into the arcade, and Laurent also went down with a lamp in his hand.
From morning to night, she watched the people passing through the 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 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).