Definition of arcade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɑːˈkeɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrˈkeɪd//
    Public spaces, Structures, Architectural features
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  1. 1a covered passage with arches along the side of a row of buildings (usually a row of shops/stores) See related entries: Architectural features
  2. 2a covered passage between streets, with shops/stores on either side
  3. 3(also shopping arcade) (both British English) a large building with a number of shops/stores in it compare shopping mall See related entries: Public spaces, Structures
  4. 4(British English also amusement arcade) a place where you can play games on machines which you use coins to operate arcade games
  5. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French, from Provençal arcada or Italian arcata, based on Latin arcus ‘bow’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: arcade