- a passage having an arched roof
- any covered passageway, esp. one with shops along the sides
- penny arcade
- a place somewhat like a penny arcade, containing coin-operated video games
- a line of arches and their supporting columns
- an arched building
Origin of arcadeFrench from Provençal arcada from Medieval Latin arcata from Classical Latin arcus, arch: see arc
transitive verb-·cad′ed, -·cad′ing
to make into or provide with an arcade
- a. A series of arches supported by columns, piers, or pillars, either freestanding or attached to a wall to form a gallery.b. A series of arches employed for decorative purposes.
- A roofed passageway or lane, especially one with shops on one or both sides.
- a. A commercial establishment featuring an array of large mechanical or electronic games, such as pinball machines or video games, that charge players money before each game.b. A section within another establishment, as at a bowling alley or movie theater, that features such games.
transitive verbar·cad·ed, ar·cad·ing, ar·cades
To provide with or form into an arcade: closed off and arcaded the narrow street.
Origin of arcadeFrench from Italian arcata from arco arch from Latin arcus