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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That location closed in 2018, following water damage due to an August fire at Pints & Pixels, an arcade/bar located on the building’s third floor. Matt Wake, al, "Lease for new downtown Huntsville music venue cancelled," 30 Aug. 2019 There are several hotels within a few blocks of Great America, including Great Wolf Lodge, which has a massive waterpark, an arcade, a rock climbing wall, an indoor mini golf course and several restaurants. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six Flags Great America isn't just for big kids, even during Fright Fest," 2 July 2019 The two went bowling and to the arcade, ate at Chili’s and of course played games. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "For Two Men With Autism, 1,000 Miles Apart, Gaming Was a Portal to Friendship," 25 June 2019 This was at the arcade, in a mall in Orange County, California, both of which are probably abandoned now. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Black Mirror’s “Striking Vipers” is like “San Junipero” without the heart," 5 June 2019 This incredible pinball arcade is on Northeast Third Avenue just north of Atlantic Avenue and immediately east of the railroad tracks. Steve West,, "Creating a new pinball wizard | Opinion," 23 Aug. 2019 And father along the strip, past the carousel and inside the reimagined arcade, there’s a new Paragon beer garden with food and craft beers. Johanna Seltz,, "Come to Hull for the eats, and stay for the beach," 15 Aug. 2019 The package is also rounded out with unexpected games that never actually released on the Genesis, including Tetris and the 1987 arcade shooter Darius. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The Sega Genesis Mini builds on what made Nintendo’s tiny consoles great," 14 Aug. 2019 The owner of Hellman Clothiers plans to open a new women's apparel store across the hall from his men's store in the Carew Tower arcade. Randy Tucker,, "Women's apparel store planned for Carew Tower arcade," 12 Aug. 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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