Esplanade meaning

ĕsplə-näd, -nād
A flat open stretch of pavement or grass, especially one designed as a promenade along a shore.
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A level, open space of ground, esp. one serving as a public walk or roadway, often along a shore.
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A clear space between a citadel and the nearest houses of the town.
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The glacis of the counterscarp, or the slope of the parapet of the covered way toward the country.
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A grass plat; a lawn.
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Any clear, level space used for public walks or drives; especially, a terrace by the seaside.
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Origin of esplanade

  • French from Italian spianata from spianare to level from Latin explānāre to make plain explain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1590s, from French esplanade (“clear, level space”), from Spanish esplanada (explanada), form of esplanar (“to flatten, to make level”), from Latin explānāre, from which English explain; see also plain (“level area, to flatten”), and Italian spianata, from spianare.

    From Wiktionary