arcade

noun ar·cade \ är-ˈkād \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of arcade

1 : a long arched building or gallery
2 : an arched covered passageway or avenue (as between shops)
3 : a series of arches with their columns or piers
4 : an amusement center having coin-operated games

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Origin and Etymology of arcade

French, from Italian arcata, from arco arch, from Latin arcus

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ARCADE Defined for English Language Learners

arcade

noun

Definition of arcade for English Language Learners

  • : a row of arches that are supported by columns

  • : an arched or covered passageway with many shops; also : a building that includes many shops

  • : a place with many games that can be played by putting coins in them


ARCADE Defined for Kids

arcade

noun ar·cade \ är-ˈkād \

Definition of arcade for Students

1 : a row of arches supported by columns
2 : an arched or covered passageway between two rows of shops
3 : a place with electronic games that are operated by coins or tokens

Medical Dictionary

arcade

noun ar·cade \ är-ˈkād \

medical Definition of arcade

1 : an anatomical structure comprising a series of arches


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