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

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Contemporary Examples of colonnade

Historical Examples of colonnade

  • Chebron passed out on to the colonnade, following Mysa and Ruth.

  • The colonnade in the centre of the court was erected by Tahraka.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • I have paced the colonnade for more than an hour, waiting the coming of this spy.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • He came out to the colonnade holding it in his arms, and calling for a messenger.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • The height of the columns was equal to the width of the colonnade, about sixteen feet.

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).

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