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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Other Words from colonnade

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

Examples of colonnade in a Sentence

A colonnade surrounds the courtyard.
Recent Examples on the Web Just over the line in Woodbridge, the urban density gives way to a colonnade of trees. Eliza Fawcett,, "A fight over building apartments in mainly white Woodbridge has become a flashpoint in the debate over racial equity in Connecticut. Here’s why.," 30 Apr. 2021 Along the south facade, Laplace opened up an arched colonnade to create a shaded terrace off the kitchen, ideal for lunch on sunny winter days. WSJ, "An Idyllic Summer Retreat on the Mediterranean’s Most Laid-Back Isle," 24 Apr. 2021 So did my joy in being back out in the world, when our path to the rose garden took us past an office building with a colonnade, where three women were roller skating. Los Angeles Times, "Life in the pandemic in-between: Do we leap toward total freedom or tiptoe cautiously?," 10 Apr. 2021 Greek theater masks hung from the colonnade, and the columns, candelabras, and capitals were embellished with marble oak leaves or wrapped in marble ivy. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Caligula's Pleasure Palace, History's Original Hype House," 22 Mar. 2021 The recommended look of any new or rebuilt terminal: long, wide corridors with high ceilings and the feel of an old Spanish colonnade. Greg Jefferson, San Antonio Express-News, "Jefferson: Consultant aims to rebrand San Antonio International - good luck with that," 19 Mar. 2021 The colonnade in the villa's courtyard is another one-off. Pamela Mccourt Francescone, Travel + Leisure, "Where Lady Gaga Should Go In Rome to Celebrate Centuries of Powerful Women," 17 Mar. 2021 The structure includes a colonnade, parapet wall, and fanlight windows taking after the look and feel of the White House. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Craziest White House Amenities Added by First Families," 21 Jan. 2021 The garden is absurdly grandiose, containing along its quarter-mile axis a reflecting pool that takes three days to fill, a topiary garden around a large statue gilded in gold leaf, a monumental colonnade and the two-acre Sunken Gardens. Washington Post, "Biden put Wilmington on the map — but for garden lovers, it was already a destination," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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14 May 2021

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“Colonnade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colonnade

: a row of columns usually holding up a roof


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

Kids Definition of colonnade

: a row of columns usually supporting a roof

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