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Definition of "arcade" []

  • A series of arches supported by columns, piers, or pillars, either freestanding or attached to a wall to form a gallery. (noun)
  • A series of arches employed for decorative purposes. (noun)
  • A roofed passageway or lane, especially one with shops on one or both sides. (noun)
  • A commercial establishment featuring rows of coin-operated games. (noun)
  • To provide with or form into an arcade: closed off and arcaded the narrow street. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "arcade" in a sentence
  • "The term arcade nowadays is used rather loosely for those thinking that I'm twittering on about the latest Tetris or Galaga devices; arcade in modern gaming terms simply means games that are available to download from either Xbox Live of Playstation Network such as The Maw or Noby Noby Boy."
  • "The first covered shopping street to be built in Britain, the arcade is at Piccadilly in London's bustling West End shopping district."
  • "The fate of this world lies in the hands (literally) of a few unlikely heroes: They are the Original Video Game World Champions and the arcade is their battleground."