[ 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.

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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 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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