Definition of arcade
1 : a long arched building or gallery
2 : an arched covered passageway or avenue (as between shops)
3 : a series of arches with their columns or piers
4 : an amusement center having coin-operated games
Recent Examples of arcade from the Web
A boy spent about 30 minutes trapped in a claw arcade game at a hotel in Maryland before being freed.
The park has a full-redemption arcade, Launch Restaurant and private party rooms.
Big Bop Pop’s got an arcade Claw That prized up the filling from the hole in his jaw, Bobbled around like a brassy gumball, And dropped it again near a rabbit’s foot paw.
The story will follow Ralph’s fun adventures in the Internet after a wi-fi router is connected to an arcade.
The vintage arcade games in the restaurant's side dining room, including Pac-Man, remain to delight kids and teens more accustomed to playing on their smartphones.
There will also be a ropes course and climbing wall, family-sized bowling lanes and an arcade.
Helping a baby latch properly is about as easy as grabbing a stuffed animal in a claw arcade game.
Everything in the museum, from the music to the decor to the games, is vintage 80s arcade and its utter awesomeness must be seen to truly be appreciated.
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Origin and Etymology of arcade
French, from Italian arcata, from arco arch, from Latin arcus
First Known Use: 1685
ARCADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arcade for English Language Learners
: 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
ARCADE Defined for Kids
Definition of arcade for Students
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
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