ar·​cade är-ˈkād How to pronounce arcade (audio)
plural arcades
: a long arched building or gallery
: an arched covered passageway or avenue (as between shops)
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)
: a series of arches with their columns or piers
: an amusement center having coin-operated games

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Coin Op, with locations in the Gaslamp Quarter and North Park, has 25 arcade games ranging from classics like Pac-Man to newer ones like the 2018 version of Golden Tee. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2023 Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Santikos Entertainment is adding bowling lanes, arcade games and more concessions to its New Braunfels movie theater — changes the San Antonio company has been making at its other locations too. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Feb. 2023 The waterfront attraction boasts all the nostalgia with classic rides, arcade games and attractions, like laser tag and mini golf. Kayla Blanton, Good Housekeeping, 31 Jan. 2023 The facility also offers arcade games, concessions, picnic areas, a full bar and cabana rentals. Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2023 Get our free daily crossword puzzle, sudoku, word search and arcade games in our new game center at Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2023 There are t-shirts for sale, arcade games, and art enclosed in the tiny and cozy space. cleveland, 11 Jan. 2023 Shredder’s Revenge, a modern take on the classic TMNT arcade games. Jay Peters, The Verge, 10 Jan. 2023 After noticing that customers would frequent both places, the entrepreneurs teamed up to create the first Dave & Buster’s in Dallas, combining arcade games and food. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 4 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of arcade was in 1685

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Cite this Entry

“Arcade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


ar·​cade är-ˈkād How to pronounce arcade (audio)
: a row of arches with the columns that support them
: an arched or covered passageway (as between shops)
: a place with many games to be played by putting coins in them

Medical Definition


ar·​cade är-ˈkād How to pronounce arcade (audio)
: an anatomical structure comprising a series of arches
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