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 colonnade (audio) \ adjective

Examples of colonnade in a Sentence

A colonnade surrounds the courtyard.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The new lighthouse, which didn’t include Latrobe’s eye-catching colonnade but featured double 18-inch walls, was put into service in March 1823. Mike Scott,, "Thomas Jefferson's grand plan for a Gulf Coast lighthouse survived after an initial dark period," 17 Nov. 2020 In fact, the building — a former public library surrounded by a chain-link fence and overgrown with vines — lacked the conventional signifiers of a museum: the wide staircase, the tall colonnade, the pristine landscaping. Washington Post, "Black history is vital to understanding racial injustice. But the museums holding that history are under threat.," 25 Nov. 2020 Reyes said that although rides and most attractions at the boardwalk were closed, the colonnade and main plaza remain open for the time being. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Santa Cruz boardwalk reopens for a weekend, then promptly closes rides again as COVID surges," 12 Nov. 2020 All were drawn together by a continuous colonnade, culminating at one end in Jefferson’s great rotunda, a paraphrase of the Roman Pantheon that served as the university library. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "Building Up Their Memory," 14 Oct. 2020 Fronted by an arched colonnade lined with twisting Solomonic columns, the whitewashed structure stood three stories tall, the first two being used for the school, the third being used to house the Franciscan brothers teaching there. Mike Scott,, "1920s complex built to house orphans offers a taste of Spain -- in the middle of Marrero," 29 Sep. 2020 Across from Grand Central, the granite slab by Ulrich Franzen, from 1982, with the dour colonnade and double-height lobby that used to house a branch of the Whitney Museum. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City," 24 Sep. 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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7 Feb 2021

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“Colonnade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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) \

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: a row of columns usually supporting a roof

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