Architecture. a series of regularly spaced columns supporting an entablature and usually one side of a roof.Compare arcade.
a series of trees planted in a long row, as on each side of a driveway or road.

Origin of colonnade

1710–20; < French, equivalent to colonne column + -ade -ade1, on the model of Italian colonnato
Related formscol·on·nad·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for colonnade

Contemporary Examples of colonnade

Historical Examples of colonnade

  • The tall, unbranching gray spruce-trunks rose round it like the pillars of a colonnade.

    Tenting To-night

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The only reason given by Prof. Drpfeld for the colonnade is that access might be had to the Nike temple.

  • But, when she had refused to let him walk back with her, Summerhay stood stock-still beneath the colonnade.


    John Galsworthy

  • Evelyn thought of the picture of the colonnade in the gallery.

    Evelyn Innes

    George Moore

  • She held out both hands, but, instead of approaching her, he opened a glass door leading to the colonnade and disappeared.

    A Speckled Bird

    Augusta J. Evans Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for colonnade



a set of evenly-spaced columns
a row of regularly spaced trees
Derived Formscolonnaded, adjective

Word Origin for colonnade

C18: from French, from colonne column; on the model of Italian colonnato, from colonna column
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Word Origin and History for colonnade

1718, from French colonnade, from Italian colonnato, from colonna "column," from Latin columna "pillar" (see hill).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper