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[es-pluh-nahd, -neyd, es-pluh-nahd, -neyd]
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  1. any open, level space, especially one serving for public walks or drives.
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Origin of esplanade

1675–85; < French < Italian spianata, noun use of feminine past participle of spianare < Latin explānāre to level; see -ade1
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Historical Examples

  • I left the palace and went to the esplanade in order to wait for him.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • He was marched to the Esplanade and shot, first by Truphemy and then by the others.

  • The view from this esplanade was magnificent beyond description.

    Rollo on the Rhine

    Jacob Abbott

  • There the street widened to the great square of the esplanade.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • The 'Four Seasons' Hotel was on the esplanade facing the northern beach.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

British Dictionary definitions for esplanade


  1. a long open level stretch of ground for walking along, esp beside the seashoreCompare promenade (def. 1)
  2. an open area in front of a fortified place, in which attackers are exposed to the defenders' fire
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Old Italian spianata, from spianare to make level, from Latin explānāre; see explain
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Word Origin and History for esplanade


1590s, from French esplanade (15c.), from Spanish esplanada "large level area," noun use of fem. past participle of esplanar "make level," from Latin explanare "to level" (see explain). Or perhaps the French word is from or influenced by Italian spianata, from spianare

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