Any clear, level space used for public walks or drives; especially, a terrace by the seaside.
Origin of esplanade
French from Italian spianatafromspianareto levelfrom Latin explānāreto make plainexplain
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
1590s, from Frenchesplanade (“clear, level space”), from Spanishesplanada (explanada), form of esplanar (“to flatten, to make level”), from Latinexplānāre, from which English explain; see also plain (“level area, to flatten”), and Italianspianata, from spianare.
Esplanade Sentence Examples
The esplanade and the public park are finely laid out; and portions of the sea are fenced in to protect bathers.
Near the principal entrance to the esplanade stands Argyll's Lodging, erected about 1630 by the 1st earl of Stirling.
It possesses assembly rooms, a literary and scientific institution, an esplanade, a pier and extensive recreation grounds.
An esplanade faces the sea along nearly the entire front of the town, and is lined with hotels, shops and dwelling-houses.