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Examples of esplanade in a Sentence
a tree-lined esplanade by the river
Recent Examples of esplanade from the Web
The garden features a Japanese pond and garden as well as an esplanade lined with some of its 200 cherry trees.
Witnesses on a waterfront esplanade near where the aircraft went down said the helicopter was flying noisily, then suddenly dropped into the water and quickly submerged.
Witnesses on a nearby waterfront esplanade said the helicopter was flying noisily, then suddenly dropped and quickly submerged.
The esplanade connecting the campus to the city of Kent will be expanded.
Each would create more esplanades like the existing RiverWalk so visitors can stroll, jog, bike, or fish along the waterfront.
Stroll or take a tram to St Kilda Beach, get your toes wet, and then wander through the edgy boutiques and the street market on the esplanade.
The project, now under construction, features a terraced esplanade park that rises like steps from the East River, which will be filled with absorbent material to protect against storm surges, high winds and more.
But even in Williamsburg, the esplanade is intermittent, broken up by many undeveloped privately owned sites with no public access to the river.
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Did You Know?
The history of "esplanade" is completely on the level. The Italians created "spianata," for a level stretch of ground, from their verb "spianare," which means "to make level." "Spianare" in turn comes from the Latin verb explanare, which also means "to make level" and which is the source of our verb "explain." Middle-French speakers borrowed "spianata" as "esplanade," and in the late 1500s we borrowed the French word. In the late 17th century, and even later, esplanades were associated with war. The word was used to refer to a clear space between a citadel and the nearest house of a town or to a slope around a fortification used for defense against attack. Today, however, esplanades are usually for enjoyment.
ESPLANADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of esplanade for English Language Learners
: a level, open area; especially : an area for walking or driving along a shore
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