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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
Related forms
promenader, noun Unabridged
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  • This style of promenading has been instituted by the young lovers of Southern towns.

  • She did not hear the noises of the streets, nor see the promenading crowds.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • She was promenading on your arm in the hotel-garden, which was lit up in her honour.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • 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.

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

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • The young seamen entered the arcade, in which many people were promenading.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • Say, I don't care much about promenading when I am tied to a horse's tail.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Violet, who had also been promenading her glass, put it down.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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