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1 .
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.
Historical Examples

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.


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