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noun (1)

ar·​bor ˈär-bər How to pronounce arbor (audio)
: a shelter of vines or branches or of latticework covered with climbing shrubs or vines

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noun (2)

: a spindle or axle of a wheel
: a main shaft or beam
: a shaft on which a revolving cutting tool is mounted
: a spindle on a cutting machine that holds the work to be cut


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combining form

variants or arbori-
: tree

Examples of arbor in a Sentence

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English erber, herber garden, from Anglo-French, from herbe herb, grass

Noun (2)

Latin, tree, shaft

Combining form

Latin arbor

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of arbor was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Arbor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a shelter of vines or branches or a structure of crossed wood or metal strips covered with climbing shrubs or vines

Medical Definition


ar·​bor ˈär-bər How to pronounce arbor (audio)
: a branching anatomical structure resembling a tree
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