arbour

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English arbour, from Old French erbier (field, meadow, kitchen garden), from erbe (grass, herb), from Latin herba (grass, herb). The phonetic change to ar- was assisted by association with Latin arbor (tree).

Noun[edit]

arbour (plural arbours)

  1. A shady sitting place, usually in a park or garden, and usually surrounded by climbing shrubs or vines and other vegetation.
    • 1979, J.G. Ballard, The Unlimited Dream Company, chapter 24:
      Children swung from the branches of the banyan tree, teenagers climbed into the arbours of orchids and gourds into which the abandoned cars had been transformed.

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

arbour (plural arbours)

  1. a lawn or a flower bed, a grassy plot
  2. a shaded nook