Definition of esplanade
: a level open stretch of paved or grassy ground; especially : one designed for walking or driving along a shore
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Examples of esplanade in a Sentence
a tree-lined esplanade by the river
Recent Examples of esplanade from the Web
Since the completion of the sewage control project in 2011, swimmers have been congregating on a floating esplanade for bikers and runners and sneaking onto city docks reserved for fire boats.
After the attackers retreated to the mosque complex, teams of Israeli police forces entered the esplanade in pursuit and opened fire, killing three.
Garbage skittered along an esplanade that smelled of sewage.
But much of the meeting centered around the narrow stretch of shoreline and esplanade that sits between the Hawthorne Bridge and Marquam Bridge on the eastside.
A police union official, Cedric Michel, said a man armed with a hammer went after the police officer, who was patrolling the esplanade in front of the world-famous cathedral known for its gothic architecture and gargoyles.
KOZHIKODE, India — As soon as the evening call to prayer sounded over Kozhikode, a line formed along the esplanade.
At least 600 people were blocked inside the iconic 12th-century church while others fled in panic from the esplanade outside as police combed the area.
Muslims consider the Western Wall part of the Noble Sanctuary, an esplanade that includes Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam.
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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.
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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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