esplanade

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌɛspləˈneɪd/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(esplə näd′, -nād′, es′plə näd, -nād)




WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
es•pla•nade  (esplə näd′, -nād′, es′plə näd, -nād),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any open, level space, esp. one serving for public walks or drives.
  • Latin explānāre to level; see -ade
  • Italian spianata, noun, nominal use of feminine past participle of spianare
  • French
  • 1675–85

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
esplanade /ˌɛspləˈneɪd -ˈnɑːd/ n
  1. a long open level stretch of ground for walking along, esp beside the seashore
    Compare promenade
  2. an open area in front of a fortified place, in which attackers are exposed to the defenders' fire
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Old Italian spianata, from spianare to make level, from Latin explānāre; see explain
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