- a stroll or walk, especially in a public place, as for pleasure or display.
- an area used for such walking.
- a march of guests into a ballroom constituting the opening of a formal ball.
- a march of dancers in square dancing.
- a formal dance; prom.
- to go for or take part in a promenade.
- to execute a promenade in square dancing.
- to take a promenade through or about.
- to conduct or display in or as if in a promenade; parade: They promenaded their prisoner before the townspeople.
Origin of promenade
Examples from the Web for promenading
“How sweet the promenading, the seeing and being seen,” Franzen wrote.
This style of promenading has been instituted by the young lovers of Southern towns.The Fortune of the Rougons
She did not hear the noises of the streets, nor see the promenading crowds.Mary, Mary
She was promenading on your arm in the hotel-garden, which was lit up in her honour.Samuel Brohl & Company
He was promenading the room before the picture-jury frowning on him.The Art of Disappearing
John Talbot Smith
No, to-day, while we were promenading; and I should hear him sing, he said.The Short Works of George Meredith
- mainly British a public walk, esp at a seaside resort
- a leisurely walk, esp one in a public place for pleasure or display
- US and Canadian a ball or formal dance at a high school or college
- a marchlike step in dancing
- a marching sequence in a square or country dance
- to take a promenade in or through (a place)
- (intr) dancing to perform a promenade
- (tr) to display or exhibit (someone or oneself) on or as if on a promenade
Word Origin and History for promenading
1560s, "leisurely walk," from Middle French promenade (16c.), from se promener "go for a walk," from Late Latin prominare "to drive (animals) onward," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + minare "to drive (animals) with shouts," from minari "to threaten" (see menace (n.)).
Meaning "place for walking" is 1640s; specifically "walkway by the sea" late 18c.; British sense of "music hall favored by 'loose women and the simpletons who run after them'" is attested from 1863. Sense of "dance given by a school" is from 1887.
"to make a promenade," 1580s, from promenade (n.). Related: Promenaded; promenading.