Definition of arbour in English:


Line breaks: ar¦bour
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːbə
(US arbor)


A shady garden alcove with the sides and roof formed by trees or climbing plants trained over a framework.
More example sentences
  • We have a scented country garden and pond, water features, gravel gardens, arbours, pergolas, a summerhouse, many rare and unusual perennials, and 120 clematis.
  • They have planted a formal, yew encircled rose garden, with blue-painted pergolas and arbours, and have recently planted a gravel garden beside the sea road, with grasses, Verbena bonariensis, cistus, eryngiums and grasses.
  • The most popular garden structures, not counting the ubiquitous shed, include trellises, arbours and pergolas.
bower, alcove, grotto, recess, pergola, gazebo, summer house;
shady place, shelter, hideaway, retreat, sanctuary


Middle English (also denoting a lawn or flower bed): from Old French erbier, from erbe 'grass, herb', from Latin herba. The phonetic change to ar- (common in words having er- before a consonant) was assisted by association with Latin arbor 'tree'.



More example sentences
  • The people who buy these plots of land will have no sea view and no arboured lane to drive beneath.
  • This part of the garden is an area framed by a square yew-hedge with arboured entrances at the cardinal points.
  • There is an arbored back porch the entire width of the home for enjoying your morning coffee or evening sunsets.

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