promenade[präm′ə nād′, -näd′]
- The definition of a promenade is a public walkway, especially on a boardwalk or around water.
A boardwalk area around the ocean where you can go and walk is an example of a promenade.
- a leisurely walk taken for pleasure, to display one's finery, etc.
- a public place for such a walk, as an avenue, the deck of a ship, or the hall of a building
- a ball, or formal dance
- a march of all the guests, beginning a formal ball
- a walking or marching figure of a square dance
Origin of promenadeFrench ; from promener, to take for a walk ; from Late Latin prominare, to drive (animals) onward ; from Classical Latin pro-, forth (see pro-) + minare, to drive (animals) ; from minari, to threaten (see menace)
intransitive verbpromenaded, promenading
- to take a promenade along or through
- to take or show on or as on a promenade; parade
- to march (one's partner) as a figure of a square dance
- a. A leisurely walk, especially one taken in a public place as a social activity.b. A public place for such walking.
- a. A formal dance; a ball.b. A march of all the guests at the opening of a ball.
- A square-dance figure in which couples march counterclockwise in a circle.
- In ballet, a slow supported turn on one foot.
verbprom·e·nad·ed, prom·e·nad·ing, prom·e·nades
- To go on a leisurely walk.
- To execute a promenade at a ball or in square dancing.
- To take a promenade along or through: “[The] young women &ellipsis; promenaded the streets in the cool of evening” (Charles Dickens).
- To take or display on or as if on a promenade: promenade a friend; promenade one's charms.
Origin of promenadeFrench, from promener, to take for a walk, from Latin prōmināre, to drive forward : prō-, forward; see pro–1 + mināre, to drive with shouts (from minārī, to threaten, from minae, threats; see men-2 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present promenades, present participle promenading, simple past and past participle promenaded)
- To walk.
- To perform the stylized walk of a square dance.
French promenade, from promener (“to walk”).