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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The first level played nearly identically to the arcade. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, "How a basement hacker transformed Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600," 14 Sep. 2019 Richie then runs away from the arcade crying, only to be attacked in the town square by It, which has taken on the form of Derry’s massive Paul Bunyan statue. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "How IT Chapter Two Handles the LGBTQ Themes of Stephen King’s Novel," 7 Sep. 2019 The first is a flashback of Richie hanging out at an arcade the same summer the Losers defeated Pennywise the first time. Joelle Monique, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'It: Chapter Two' Leaves Richie Tozier Behind," 7 Sep. 2019 Jeanne Lahey, a 72-year-old Orlando resident, recently took her 4-year-old grandson to the arcade after a trip to the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford. Austin Fuller,, "Sears shutdown a ‘mixed bag’ for Lake Square, Oviedo malls as arcades, coworking space move in," 5 Sep. 2019 At its product event earlier this week, Apple unveiled new versions of its iPhone that were cheaper than had been expected, along with arcade and video-streaming services that were also seen as inexpensive. Ryan Vlastelica, Fortune, "Apple’s $1.02 Trillion Valuation—a 17% Gain From August’s Low—Closes in on Microsoft’s Lead," 12 Sep. 2019 The Leesburg mall still has tenants that include Belk, PetSmart and Books-A-Million, but the old Target has been transformed into an entertainment venue with a bowling alley, arcade and go-kart track. Austin Fuller,, "Sears shutdown a ‘mixed bag’ for Lake Square, Oviedo malls as arcades, coworking space move in," 5 Sep. 2019 Open since July 1, the 17,000-square-foot family playground in an old Hometown Buffet is a combination restaurant, 20-barrel brewery, indoor/outdoor bar, children’s playground, arcade and concert venue. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 to try: New North County restaurants for Mexican, Mediterranean and more," 22 Aug. 2019 Saturday: Dance the night away at Wonderville, a new bar and arcade in Brooklyn that’s having a Disco Dance Night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Brooklyn Cyclones Game, Capped Off With Coney Island Treats and Amusements," 3 July 2019

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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


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

Medical Definition of arcade

1 : an anatomical structure comprising a series of arches

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