prom·​e·​nade | \ ˌprä-mə-ˈnād How to pronounce promenade (audio) , -ˈnäd How to pronounce promenade (audio) \
promenaded; promenading

Definition of promenade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take or go on a promenade
2 : to perform a promenade in a dance

transitive verb

: to walk about in or on



Definition of promenade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place for strolling
2 : a leisurely walk or ride especially in a public place for pleasure or display
3a : a ceremonious opening of a formal ball consisting of a grand march of all the guests
b : a figure in a square dance in which couples move counterclockwise in a circle

Other Words from promenade


promenader noun

Synonyms for promenade

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of promenade in a Sentence

Verb They promenaded along the beach. Noun They went for a promenade around town. a beautifully landscaped park with a wide promenade along the riverside
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One could, ostensibly, be convinced that Francesca was too preoccupied with such affairs to bother with her siblings’ dramas—or to promenade with them in a display of familial support when Anthony is left at the altar. ELLE, 14 Apr. 2022 The atmospheric center around the Viale Monte Bianco is a mix of cozy cafes, intimate bars and bistros and designer shops, and is a perfect place to promenade, sip an aperitivo and soak up the alpine ambiance. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 The Edwardian stateliness remains in place though; from the grandfather clocks and bars to corridors wide enough to promenade along. Sarah Turner, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 The Quad-City Times reports the city has repaired the seawall and is extending the river walk and promenade that runs the length of the riverfront at River Heritage Park. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 They were born with long limbs, narrow hips, symmetrical facial features and a willingness to promenade in dizzyingly high heels. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Watching the two planets promenade across the sky, moving a little closer to each other every night, reminds me that time is indeed passing, even if each day does sometimes feel like a featureless clone of the one before. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, 20 Dec. 2020 Moscow, May 1876: What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public in the Alexander Gardens?, 24 Oct. 2019 On any springtime Saturday, a steady stream of Catholic quinceañeras can be seen promenading along the blooming rose bushes and gushing fountains of Oakland’s Mormon temple. Ray Chavez, The Mercury News, 17 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Similar scenes played out in front of the city’s waterfront promenade. Time, 10 May 2022 Students treated a promenade that ran through campus like a runway. ELLE, 23 Mar. 2022 Shaded by London planes and pin oak trees, the park was sandwiched between the new highway and a riverside promenade. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2021 The first, 3 acres, would include a broad pedestrian promenade with restaurants and space for outdoor events. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 3 Apr. 2022 The plan also calls for a refurbished sports arena, a 125-room hotel, 300,000 square feet of commercial space, and a bike and pedestrian promenade that traverses the site. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2022 Stretch out on Baker Common, a sloping lawn semi-circled by a walkway and leafy trees or stroll the grand promenade, shaded by cypress trees and edged by an elegant balustrade-overlook wall. Robin Soslow, Chron, 18 Mar. 2022 Those hoping to relax and enjoy some ocean views while in town might consider an afternoon at Surfers Point, a convenient strip of beach off Ventura’s promenade with picnic tables and grills. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 This four-bedroom Victorian is walking distance from downtown and the promenade along the Columbia River. The Week Staff, The Week, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of promenade


1699, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for promenade


derivative of promenade entry 2


borrowed from French, "place for taking a stroll," from promener (transitive) "to lead, take to different places," (intransitive and reflexive) "to walk from one place to another (to relax, take the air, etc.)" (alteration —with Latin pro- replacing pour-— of Middle French pourmener "to lead, take to different places," going back to Old French, from pour-, prefix marking determinate action —going back to Latin prō- pro- entry 2— + mener "to lead, bring") + -ade -ade — more at demean entry 2

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“Promenade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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prom·​e·​nade | \ ˌprä-mə-ˈnād How to pronounce promenade (audio) , -ˈnäd \

Kids Definition of promenade

1 : a walk or ride for pleasure or to be seen
2 : a place for walking

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