ar·cade | \ är-ˈkād \
plural arcades

Definition of arcade 

1 : a long arched building or gallery

2a : an arched covered passageway or avenue (as between shops)

b chiefly British : a building that includes many shops A job fair … today will introduce locals to the details of the 250 jobs that a new shopping arcade will bring when its doors open this autumn.The Journal (Newcastle, England)

3 : a series of arches with their columns or piers

4 : an amusement center having coin-operated games

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Amenities in the building include a Turkish bath, a private dining room, a 75-foot lap pool, a fitness center, an arcade and a concierge service that books private aircraft. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Michael Cohen Purchases New York City Apartment for $6.7 Million," 12 July 2018 There is a sports court for hockey, a pool and a billiard and arcade room. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Baseball’s Tom Glavine Lists Longtime Atlanta Home," 21 May 2018 The Wolf’s Den includes a recreation area with pingpong tables, and arcade and video games that children staying at the campground can use. Dave Altimari,, "Family of Two Children Files Lawsuit Against Campground After Alleged Sexual Assault," 12 July 2018 The New Jersey Gamer Con returns for its fourth year, inviting you to battle it out in a 24-hour, free-play arcade and also fuel competition on both vintage and the newest gaming consoles., "University City Dining Days, Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing, Movie night at Penn Treaty Park, and other great events in Philadelphia, July 6-13," 5 July 2018 Movies were soon being shown after live acts at vaudeville shows, or as part of multi-picture programs at arcades and storefront theaters. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 Cracco, meanwhile, is set in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni to unite the Piazza del Duomo with the Piazza della Scala with a soaring shopping arcade. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "With Striking Interior Design, Milan’s Cracco Restaurant Evokes Singular Elegance," 29 June 2018 The advent of arcades was as novel as the contemporary use of the micro-transactions common in mobile games now. Lindsay Grace, Smithsonian, "The Original ‘Space Invaders’ is an Icon of 1970s America’s Deepest Fears," 19 June 2018 Chicago required arcades to be located within a five-acre shopping center or only taverns with a special-use permit. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Technology / The Internet Video games are public enemy #1 . . . again," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of arcade

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arcade

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

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English Language Learners Definition of arcade

: 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


ar·cade | \ är-ˈkād \

Kids Definition of arcade

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


ar·cade | \ är-ˈkād \

Medical Definition of arcade 

1 : an anatomical structure comprising a series of arches

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