col·​on·​nade | \ ˌkä-lə-ˈnād How to pronounce colonnade (audio) \

Definition of colonnade

: a series of columns set at regular intervals and usually supporting the base of a roof structure

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colonnaded \ ˌkä-​lə-​ˈnā-​dəd How to pronounce colonnaded (audio) \ adjective

Examples of colonnade in a Sentence

A colonnade surrounds the courtyard.
Recent Examples on the Web The main post office in Goma, a city of 2m in eastern Congo, is a vast rectangle with turret and colonnade, built by the Belgian colonial government in 1955. The Economist, "The postman never rings at all Why delivering the mail in Congo is so hard," 20 Feb. 2020 The Braccio di Carlo Magno, Bernini's magnificent colonnade that draws the faithful into Saint Peter's Square in a massive embrace, is a timeless architectural masterpiece. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Jobless claims soared. So did stocks. What’s behind this week’s markets moves?," 10 Apr. 2020 From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Mark Heim |, al, "Watch Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing, grant plenary indulgences to those impacted by COVID-19," 27 Mar. 2020 The grandeur of Caesars Palace, with its frothing fountain and polished Roman colonnades, was swapped for the hot and dusty tarmac of the hotel's parking lot. Sarah Holt, CNN, "When the US Grand Prix was staged in a Las Vegas parking lot," 31 Oct. 2019 Notably, the east colonnade, which last year became the source of internet memes when Melania's crimson topiary tree decorations were revealed, is decked out in silver stars and lit glass panels decorated with snowy Christmas tree scenes. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Has Unveiled the 2019 White House Christmas Decorations," 2 Dec. 2019 At the Court of the Universe, with a palatial colonnade that opened onto the present-day Marina District, more than 100 Audreys spanned the perimeter. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "The Story of Audrey Munson, the Supermodel You’ve Never Heard Of," 11 Jan. 2020 The artist chose to create 140 figures to correspond to the number of Saint statues on the colonnades of St. Peter’s Square. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Monument in the Vatican Encourages Compassion for Refugees," 9 Oct. 2019 The building is pure post-modernism, full of classical references to things like colonnades and pyramids, but rendered with contemporary engineering and materials. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Here’s the story behind the 30-foot-tall chicken currently living at Denver Public Library," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of colonnade

1718, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colonnade

French, from Italian colonnato, from colonna column

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The first known use of colonnade was in 1718

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25 May 2020

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“Colonnade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of colonnade

: a row of columns usually holding up a roof


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: a row of columns usually supporting a roof

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