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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Pool halls are basically the arcades of the older set. Gena Kaufman, Glamour, "21 Rainy-Day Date Ideas That Aren't Another Movie," 30 Mar. 2019 Indoor activities include ropes course, miniature golf, bowling, an arcade and a rock wall. Leada Gore,, "Massive indoor water park Great Wolf Lodge opening in Georgia in May," 25 Jan. 2018 But his latest project, Holedown (available on the App Store and Google Play for $3.99), ditches the complicated puzzle and strategy aspects for a more approachable arcade experience that’s nearly impossible to put down. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Brick-breaking arcade game Holedown will be your new subway obsession," 29 July 2018 An arcade or even a roller skating rink (so retro!) is a much more fun indoor activity than sulking. Gena Kaufman, Glamour, "21 Rainy-Day Date Ideas That Aren't Another Movie," 30 Mar. 2019 But for hundreds of tourists every day, the half-museum, half-arcade, half-expansive gift shop (yup, three halves) is a kind of mecca to pay homage to the company and its creations. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Gallery: Exploring Nintendo’s flagship New York City store," 2 Sep. 2018 Her digital renderings of arcades, spas and beachy motels are completely engrossing with their almost-real textures, slick lines and myriad reflections of lights. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "Artists at Winston Wächter gallery construct enticing ‘Summer Dreams’," 30 July 2018 The property included a private amusement park with a ferris wheel, roller coaster, carousel, bumper cars, and an arcade, as well as two steam locomotives. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Neverland Ranch Is Back on the Market, Here's Everything You Need to Know," 6 Mar. 2019 Dave & Buster's Keep the party going at Dave & Buster's, the family-friendly arcade and restaurant. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "These 28 Restaurants Are Open on New Year's Day," 12 Dec. 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


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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