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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But now that both areas of the arcade are open, its doors won't have to shutter to cater private events. Eder Campuzano,, "Ground Kontrol finishes expansion, doubling its square footage," 5 June 2018 Inner Loop Little Matt's Bustling West U restaurant with a menu of salads, burgers, a candy shop and an arcade room. Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurants that welcome kids with open arms," 10 May 2018 Stroll through the garden, relax in the bookstore or treat the kids to a night in the arcade room. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Osceola County: Gaylord Palms an attraction unto itself," 6 May 2018 Afterward, enjoy a round of indoor mini golf or some time at the arcade. Nicole Defeudis,, "10 of the best things to do on a rainy summer day in New England," 2 May 2018 Drew announced in March that the arcade would close because of rapid deterioration over the winter. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Downtown Middletown Traffic Changes Coming With Parking Additions," 26 Apr. 2018 At this arcade, one character stood out as a clear fan favorite: the one who wore a bowler hat. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "NBA Jam, Sonic 1, Ultima Online remembered with rare stories, concept art," 24 Mar. 2018 The child wasn't hurt after being trapped Thursday evening inside the arcade-style machine in Palatine., "Firefighters rescue 3-year-old from inside a claw machine at Palatine laundromat," 11 May 2018 So Griffith and her husband - fellow Side Quest owner Sam Bridgeman - dropped the arcade idea and focused on board games and role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons., "Tracking the rise of Cleveland-area gamer bars and cafes (pictures and video)," 7 Mar. 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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