Definition of esplanade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌespləˈneɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌespləˈneɪd//
Coastlines and the sea
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a level area of open ground in a town for people to walk along, often by the sea or a river People were lying on the beach and strolling along the esplanade. See related entries: Coastlines and the sea Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting an area of flat ground on top of a rampart): from French, from Italian spianata, from Latin explanatus ‘flattened, levelled’, from explanare, based on planus ‘plain’.
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