January 10, 2019
arcade (noun)
\ahr-KAYD\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a row of arches with the columns that support them2 : an arched or covered passageway (as between shops)3 : a place with many games to be played by putting coins in them
How do you use it?
The twins decided that they wanted to have their birthday party at the arcade.
Are you a word wiz?

The meaning of "arcade" has changed a lot over the years, which suggests that the word has been around a long time. When do you think "arcade" first made its way into the English language?

"Arcade" has been part of the English language since the early 1700s. That's about 300 years ago! But the word's history doesn't begin with its use in English. English speakers borrowed the word from French, but the French had gotten the word from the Italian word "arcata," which in turn came from Italian "arco," meaning "arch." "Arco" had its origin in the Latin "arcus," the Latin word for a bow, arch, or arc. The earliest arcades weren't for video games, but were instead arched buildings or walkways.
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