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Dictionary Definition



1 a formal ball held for a school class toward the end of the academic year [syn: prom]
2 a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk [syn: mall]
3 a square dance figure; couples march counterclockwise in a circle
4 a march of all the guests at the opening of a formal dance
5 a leisurely walk (usually in some public place) [syn: amble, ramble, saunter, stroll, perambulation]


1 march in a procession; "the veterans paraded down the street" [syn: parade, troop]
2 take a leisurely walk; "The ladies promenaded along the beach"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Promenade





  1. Formal term for a prom, a dance.
  2. A place to walk.
  3. A dance motion consisting of a walk done while square dancing.

Related terms


place to walk


  1. To walk.
  2. To perform the stylized walk of a square dance.


to walk



  1. walk (trip made by walking)

Extensive Definition

An esplanade is a long, open, level area, usually next to a river or large body of water, where people may walk. This allows people to promenade along the sea front, usually for recreational purposes, whatever the state of the tide, without having to walk on the beach. Esplanades became popular in Victorian times when it was fashionable to visit seaside resorts.
The original meaning of esplanade was a large, open, level area outside fortress or city walls. Esplanade and promenade are sometimes used interchangeably, but that is a mistake. A promenade can be anywhere, and it is exclusively for walking, while an esplanade is for walking but also can include large boulevards or avenues with cars.
A similar term with the same meaning in hispanic world is rambla.

Examples of esplanades



See also riverwalk.


See also

External links

promenade in Danish: Esplanade
promenade in German: Promenade
promenade in Polish: Esplanada
promenade in Portuguese: Calçadão
promenade in Finnish: Kävelykatu

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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