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[prom-uh-neyd, -nahd] /ˌprɒm əˈneɪd, -ˈnɑd/
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.
verb (used without object), promenaded, promenading.
to go for or take part in a promenade.
to execute a promenade in square dancing.
verb (used with object), promenaded, promenading.
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
1560-70; < French, derivative of promener to lead out, take for a walk or airing < Latin promināre to drive (beasts) forward (prō- pro-1 + mināre to drive); see -ade1
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promenader, noun Unabridged
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  • And the disputants were separated and squeezed by the promenading tides into different rooms.

    Tales of the Chesapeake George Alfred Townsend
  • She was promenading on your arm in the hotel-garden, which was lit up in her honour.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • We passed crowds, for it was now five o'clock, and all seemed to be promenading.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary Sarah Margan Dawson
  • This style of promenading has been instituted by the young lovers of Southern towns.

  • One might sum up all their pleasure in saying, that it consisted in promenading the streets in a silk gown.

  • No, to-day, while we were promenading; and I should hear him sing, he said.

  • Behind it are some houses, and in front are trees and a square, on which men and women are promenading, and children playing.

  • Now I searched for him among the promenading figures, and missed him.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Five girls were promenading the deck of one of our great Atlantic liners, on the last day of the trip.

    Polly's Business Venture Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for promenading


(mainly Brit) a public walk, esp at a seaside resort
a leisurely walk, esp one in a public place for pleasure or display
(US & 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)
(intransitive) (dancing) to perform a promenade
(transitive) to display or exhibit (someone or oneself) on or as if on a promenade
Derived Forms
promenader, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French, from promener to lead out for a walk, from Late Latin prōmināre to drive (cattle) along, from pro-1 + mināre to drive, probably from minārī to threaten
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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.



"to make a promenade," 1580s, from promenade (n.). Related: Promenaded; promenading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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