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

Examples of arcade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Monster Mini Golf provides more than golf, guests can also play laser maze and tag, and enjoy a few rounds of arcade games. Jennifer Herrera, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Sep. 2021 From arcade games to sled days and hiccup cures, Cory Carson’s curious little sister Chrissy speeds off on her own for fun and adventure all over town! Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 Sep. 2021 Unlike other restaurants that could pivot to takeout, the Dave & Buster’s business model revolves around engaging restaurantgoers in person with its arcade games and other activities. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021 The venue offers arcade games, prizes, bowling, escape rooms and a restaurant and bar. Kathleen Christiansen,, 10 Sep. 2021 Since opening in June, the store has offered promotions such as a $12 fee for unlimited time smoking cannabis in its lounge, or $5 on Wednesday, with free arcade games. Robert Mccoppin,, 31 Aug. 2021 Other entertainment and activities on board include a waterslide, F1 simulator, 4D cinema, and gaming arcade. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 17 Sep. 2021 The company also maintains a focus on games that, for one reason or another, never got a full console release–including arcade-only titles, and experiences previously only available in Japan. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 There are similar shrines to the arcade centerpiece on the West Coast, including the Pacific Pinball Museum, Weeks noted. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021

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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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“Arcade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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