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arbour

[ahr-ber] /ˈɑr bər/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
arbor1 .

arbor1

or (especially British) arbour

[ahr-ber] /ˈɑr bər/
noun
1.
a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.
2.
a latticework bower intertwined with climbing vines and flowers.
3.
Obsolete. a grass plot; lawn; garden; orchard.
Origin of arbor1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (h)erber < Anglo-French, Old French (h)erbier herbarium; respelling with -or under the influence of arbor3
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Examples from the Web for arbour
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
  • Then she went down to the arbour where she had shelled peas only that morning.

  • She meets the latter in an arbour and refuses to live with him again.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • May I tell Monsieur Jules to serve breakfast for two in the arbour there?

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The woman went with the children into the garden, and sat down on a bench in an arbour.

  • Will you sit in that arbour where I first talked to yourself and Miss Ross?

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • She spent many hours with him in a lonely summer arbour in the park, discussing the problems of life.

    Married August Strindberg
  • Quick as thought she jumped up, seized the pot, and flew down to the arbour.

  • Jupiter's priestess, said Pantagruel, in former days would not like us have walked under this arbour.

  • A man-servant brought into the arbour a tray laden with ices.

British Dictionary definitions for arbour

arbour

/ˈɑːbə/
noun
1.
a leafy glade or bower shaded by trees, vines, shrubs, etc, esp when trained about a trellis
2.
(obsolete) an orchard, garden, or lawn
Word Origin
C14 erber, from Old French herbier, from Latin herba grass

arbor1

/ˈɑːbə/
noun
1.
the US spelling of arbour

arbor2

/ˈɑːbə/
noun
1.
a rotating shaft in a machine or power tool on which a milling cutter or grinding wheel is fitted
2.
a rotating shaft or mandrel on which a workpiece is fitted for machining
3.
(metallurgy) a part, piece, or structure used to reinforce the core of a mould
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: tree, mast
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Word Origin and History for arbour
n.

chiefly British English spelling of arbor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

arbor

n.

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.

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arbour in Medicine

arbor ar·bor (är'bər)
n. pl. ar·bo·res (är'bə-rēz')
A treelike anatomical structure.

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