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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While home consoles were still rather primitive, who doesn't remember playing the X-Men arcade title on that huge six-person cabinet? Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 Given that children from the ages of 10 on up can partake in The Void’s shows, there’s as much room for an arcade-style experience with familiar animated characters as there is for anything else. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Void’s Ralph Breaks VR puts players inside a giant interactive Disney movie," 21 Nov. 2018 From a Virgin's Diary) refers to its having been commissioned as a gallery installation for the Rotterdam film festival, to be watched through a succession of arcade-style peep-show machines. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign / On Video / Small Screen The weird world of Guy Maddin," 1 May 2018 In 2016, Dave & Buster's plans to come to Anchorage spurred state legislators to tweak state law, clarifying that gambling doesn't include arcade-style amusement games of skill (as opposed to chance) that reward small, non-cash prizes. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Dave & Buster’s plans to hire over 230 workers for Anchorage location," 31 Jan. 2018 My uncles and cousins were all old Street Fighter II heads who hung out in arcades in their youth and hadn't really played much in years. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection," 1 June 2018 Twin Galaxies wasn't able to make a definitive determination on a third, 1.06 million point score Mitchell claimed to have at Florida's Boomers arcade in 2010. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Cheater! Billy Mitchell stripped of scores, banned from premiere scoreboard," 12 Apr. 2018 That manifested itself in the pop-culture of that era when arcades became lazy visual shorthand to suggest misspent youth. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / History / Pinball Week Chicago once waged a 40-year war on pinball," 5 May 2018 Stereo Arcade Club meets arcade meets pub at this unique player to the Dubai bar scene. Dylan Essertier, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Dubai," 27 Feb. 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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