ar·​cade | \ är-ˈkād How to pronounce arcade (audio) \
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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In any given arcade, about 75% of total points came from dunks, layups and 3-pointers, the most valuable shots in basketball. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NBA and NFL Have Become Videogames," 6 Nov. 2018 The group discovered Mitchell's famous 1,047,200 score was not achieved through an arcade machine, which is a requirement for Twin Galaxies. Charlotte Carroll,, "King of Kong’s Billy Mitchell Stripped of All His High Scores, Banned From Competition," 12 Apr. 2018 Designed by Tempest‘s Dave Theurer, the game was released in arcades in 1980, and became one of the most popular cartridges for Atari 2600 following its release in 1981. Nick Vadala,, "Video game history gets its day with 'Game Masters' exhibit at Franklin Institute," 28 Mar. 2018 Sacramento’s police chief scored 46 points in one minute at a basketball arcade machine at Florin Road Bingo, according to the department. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Could Sacramento’s police chief play for the Kings? Watch, and you decide.," 15 Mar. 2018 A half-century later, enterprising club and restaurant owners reclaimed these atmospheric spaces, including the spacious arcades of the Gozsdu Udvar, Budapest’s answer to Berlin’s Hackesche Höfe. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 Built in 1892, the historic Beaux-Arts and neo-Classical space is modeled after the decorative shopping arcades of 19th-century London. Amy Thomas, New York Times, "36 Hours in Buffalo," 28 June 2018 Survey of the damage at midnight indicated 15 buildings in El Centro had suffered major structural damage when walls or arcades collapsed., "May 19, 1940: Quake rocks Imperial," 19 May 2018 These were more recognizable as things that belong in an arcade, at least to my eyes. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "This arcade is really vintage: Visiting San Francisco’s Musée Mécanique," 29 Sep. 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, chiefly British : a building that includes many shops
: a place with many games that can be played by putting coins in them


ar·​cade | \ är-ˈkād How to pronounce arcade (audio) \

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


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Medical Definition of arcade

1 : an anatomical structure comprising a series of arches

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