1731 (as arcado, from 1640s), from Italian arcata "arch of a bridge," from arco "arc," from Latin arcus (see arc). Applied to passages formed by a succession of arches, avenues of trees, and ultimately to any covered avenue, especially one lined with shops (1731) or amusements; hence arcade game (1977).
1. We go to the amusement arcade on Saturdays to play the electronic games.
2. At this time of the morning, the arcade was almost empty.
3. Chairs and tables went flying into the arcade.
4. One can walk in the shade of the arcade when the sun is hot.
5. No, I went to the Shopping Arcade and returned to my room.