col·​on·​nade ˌkä-lə-ˈnād How to pronounce colonnade (audio)
: a series of columns set at regular intervals and usually supporting the base of a roof structure
colonnaded adjective

Examples of colonnade in a Sentence

A colonnade surrounds the courtyard.
Recent Examples on the Web And under these arches, these sort of colonnades, there was a fishmonger. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Sep. 2023 Then, the device pushes the electrons down a colonnade: two rows of several hundred silicon pillars, each just 2 micrometers tall, with an even smaller gap between the rows. Rahul Rao, Popular Science, 2 Nov. 2023 The runway show took place in Bloomsbury, at the British Museum, laid out beneath that institution’s neoclassical colonnade, so that the models were quite literally following in the footsteps of their historical antecedents. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023 Its core structure is circular: a three-hundred-and-sixty-degree colonnade, with a trio of interior lobes housing the two legislative bodies and the parliamentary library, with the space between them preserved as a vast courtyard. Daniel Brook, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2023 So many Mies facades are flat: Here the colonnade surrounding the glass central chamber is an obvious historical nod to Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Altes Museum (1823-30), also in Berlin, although Mies could reduce his colonnade to its barest essence. Anthony Paletta, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 Two glass colonnades, one on either side of the chassis, each ensconce a single Western Electric 300B vacuum tube, which is the heart and soul of this amplifier, and its raison d’être. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 18 June 2023 It is decked out with interior details including colonnades, Corinthian columns, ceilings with groin vaults and domes and a manor-house fireplace in the grand foyer. Mitchell Parton, Dallas News, 5 June 2023 Elsewhere on the upper deck, the stylish main salon nods to a Mexican Hacienda with a dramatic colonnade. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 July 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from Italian colonnato, from colonna column

First Known Use

1718, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colonnade was in 1718

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Cite this Entry

“Colonnade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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col·​on·​nade ˌkäl-ə-ˈnād How to pronounce colonnade (audio)
: an evenly spaced row of columns usually supporting the base of a roof structure
colonnaded adjective
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