penny arcade


: an amusement center having coin-operated devices for entertainment

Examples of penny arcade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soon the brothers were running two theaters, the Cascade and the Bijou, which sat on opposite sides of a penny arcade, just a short trolley ride from the Warner home. Chris Yogerst, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2023 Bay Area residents woke up on May 23, 2020, to see a Pier 45 warehouse fire on social media feeds, that came 30 feet from incinerating a collection that includes Playland-at-the-Beach legend Laffing Sal and mechanical penny arcade games from the early 20th Century. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 The Pads couldn’t buy a hit with runners in scoring position at a penny arcade. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 Balboa always seemed a fairyland — and the penny arcade was the icing on the cake. Justin Ray Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 Pick up colorful wine-stoppers and llama-shaped tea infusers at The Ten Spot, where everything costs $10 or less, or play skeeball at Arcade Amusements, a penny arcade with an old school prize counter. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 June 2021 Patti LuPone’s basement looks like a cross between a penny arcade, a TGI Fridays, and an after-hours piano bar. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2020 At its best, Legend City was a family-friendly oasis filled with fun western rides, talented performers and nostalgic penny arcades. Taylor Seely, azcentral, 29 July 2019 Argonaut Hotel Location, location, location: Families love the Argonaut for its proximity to attractions like the Maritime National Historic Park, Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, and the Musée Méchanique, a penny arcade. Elise Craig, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penny arcade was in 1903

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“Penny arcade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

penny arcade

: an amusement center where each device for entertainment may be operated for a small sum
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