a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.
a latticework bower intertwined with climbing vines and flowers.
Obsolete. a grass plot; lawn; garden; orchard.
I remember your saying to me in the garden, by the arbour, only a few days ago: ‘If Fate were to deny you your freedom!’
Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
A man-servant brought into the arbour a tray laden with ices.
Sentimental Education, Volume II Gustave Flaubert
She meets the latter in an arbour and refuses to live with him again.
Iconoclasts James Huneker
The arbour is just back of the big magnolia as you come in, on the left.
The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
The woman went with the children into the garden, and sat down on a bench in an arbour.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 68, No. 421, November 1850 Various
He hung it up angrily upon a peg: the arbour provided several.
The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
She spent many hours with him in a lonely summer arbour in the park, discussing the problems of life.
Married August Strindberg
He picked up a lump of the chalk-they were by the arbour—and made no answer.
The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
Jupiter’s priestess, said Pantagruel, in former days would not like us have walked under this arbour.
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete. Francois Rabelais
It was that we should have tea out-of-doors, in an arbour where there was a table and seats all round.
My New Home Mary Louisa Molesworth
a leafy glade or bower shaded by trees, vines, shrubs, etc, esp when trained about a trellis
(obsolete) an orchard, garden, or lawn
the US spelling of arbour
a rotating shaft in a machine or power tool on which a milling cutter or grinding wheel is fitted
a rotating shaft or mandrel on which a workpiece is fitted for machining
(metallurgy) a part, piece, or structure used to reinforce the core of a mould
chiefly British English spelling of arbor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.
c.1300, herber, “herb garden,” from Old French erbier “field, meadow; kitchen garden,” from Latin herba “grass, herb” (see herb). Later “a grassy plot” (early 14c., a sense also in Old French), “a shaded nook” (mid-14c.). Probably not from Latin arbor “tree,” though perhaps influenced by its spelling.
The change from er- to ar- before consonants in Middle English also reflects a pronunciation shift: cf. farm from ferme, harbor from Old English herebeorg.
arbor ar·bor (är’bər)
n. pl. ar·bo·res (är’bə-rēz’)
A treelike anatomical structure.
any of several groups of RNA-containing viruses that are transmitted by bloodsucking arthropods, as ticks, fleas, or mosquitoes, and may cause encephalitis, yellow fever, or dengue fever. noun any one of a group of viruses that cause such diseases as encephalitis and dengue and are transmitted to humans by arthropods, esp insects and ticks arbovirus […]
noun a port and resort in E Scotland, in Angus: scene of the barons of Scotland’s declaration of independence to Pope John XXII in 1320. Pop: 22 785 (2001) Historical Examples The Tender left her moorings at the Rock this morning for arbroath, with such of the artificers as could be spared. An Account of […]
Diane, 1923–71, U.S. photographer (sister of Howard Nemerov). Contemporary Examples Boigon alleged that Arbus described her older brother, poet Howard Nemerov, as “one of her more intriguing sexual playmates.” Diane Arbus’ Dark Secrets Olivia Cole July 29, 2011 In being both ordinary and extraordinary, sex and sexuality was classic Arbus territory. Diane Arbus’ Dark Secrets […]