[ ahr-keyd ]
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  1. Architecture.

    • a series of arches supported on piers or columns.

    • an arched, roofed-in gallery.: Compare colonnade.

  2. an arched or covered passageway, usually with shops on each side.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1725–35; from French, from Italian arcata “arch,” equivalent to arc(o) “arch” + -ata; see arc-ate1

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How to use arcade in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for arcade


/ (ɑːˈkeɪd) /

  1. a set of arches and their supporting columns

  2. a covered and sometimes arched passageway, usually with shops on one or both sides

  1. a building, or part of a building, with an arched roof

Origin of arcade

C18: from French, from Italian arcata, from arco, from Latin arcus bow, arch

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