[ es-pluh-nahd, -neyd, es-pluh-nahd, -neyd ]
/ ˈɛs pləˌnɑd, -ˌneɪd, ˌɛs pləˈnɑd, -ˈneɪd /


any open, level space, especially one serving for public walks or drives.


Origin of esplanade

1675–85; < French < Italian spianata, noun use of feminine past participle of spianare < Latin explānāre to level; see -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for esplanade


/ (ˌɛspləˈneɪd, -ˈnɑːd) /


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

Word Origin for esplanade

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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