A clear space between a citadel and the nearest houses of the town.
The glacis of the counterscarp, or the slope of the parapet of the covered way toward the country.
A grass plat; a lawn.
Other Word Forms of Esplanade
Origin of Esplanade
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.
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
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