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 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 The use of imposing Greek columns and the Palladian colonnade gained popularity with Southern plantation owners and its aesthetic was eagerly adopted as the trend moved westward. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "The Menard house is one of Galveston’s oldest structures," 20 Sep. 2019 For example, in 2018, striking crimson topiary trees lined the east colonnade as gingerbread replicas of the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and the White House were on display. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Is Already Working on This Year's White House Christmas Decorations," 25 July 2019 More than 20,000 tons of marble were used, producing the iconic Parthenon and the imposing colonnade of the Propylaea, the entrance gateway. National Geographic, "Who was Pericles?," 8 Apr. 2019 With its colonnade of soaring columns and larger-than-life statues, this complex is particularly beautiful after dark, when evocative lighting creates a mystical, dream-like atmosphere. National Geographic, "Egypt Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 The architects have evidently taken great care not to create something distracting or jarring, with colonnades similar to those of the Neues Museum and elegant stone pillars. C.g. | Berlin, The Economist, "Berlin’s Museum Island gets a much-needed revamp," 12 July 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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“Colonnade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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) \

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: a row of columns usually supporting a roof

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