prom·​e·​nade | \ˌprä-mə-ˈnād, -ˈnäd \
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

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Other Words from promenade


promenader noun

Synonyms for promenade

Synonyms: Noun

boardwalk, mall, walk

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Examples of promenade in a Sentence


They promenaded along the beach.


They went for a promenade around town. a beautifully landscaped park with a wide promenade along the riverside
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Seattle is negotiating with some downtown-property owners over a $200 million tax for the new park and promenade the city wants to build along the waterfront, along with a pedestrian connection to Pike Place Market. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s waterfront-overhaul plan meeting resistance from the people who are supposed to foot the $200M bill for it," 26 Oct. 2018 As the models came promenading out, every circus act was represented, from unitard-wearing strongman to lion tamer with a plush stuffed animal draped around his neck. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jeremy Scott Plays Ringmaster at Circus-Themed Moschino Runway Show in L.A.," 11 June 2018 Diamonds is all things Russian and opulent, from the Tchaikovsky score to the lush pas de deux and promenade that recalls other white ballets: Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, the snow scene in Nutcracker. Ellen Dunkel,, "Pennsylvania Ballet's 'Jewels' shines at the Academy of Music," 11 May 2018 The stars are promenading down the red carpet past the thousands who daily congregate in front of the Palais, the concrete sprawl that serves as the festival’s headquarters. New York Times, "The Cannes Film Festival Opens Amid Disruptions," 10 May 2018 For a short time, curious Londoners paid to promenade along the underwater route, enjoying stalls and fairground sideshows. John Lee,, "Underground London well beyond the Tube holds secrets and delights," 25 Mar. 2018 Back home in Damascus, the night was for discussion, promenading, noise — having a good time in public. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Reporter's notebook: Why one Syrian family would not swap Europe for the USA," 5 Mar. 2018 But the roof garden where saleswomen (referred to as salesgirls back then) took the air and promenaded a century ago is still there, latticework and all. Ralph Blumenthal And Sandra Roff, New York Times, "Attention 1916 Shoppers: The Doctor Is In," 4 Mar. 2018 People promenade around the center in their nice weekend garb. Margy Rochlin,, "Michael Stuhlbarg's 'fragile balancing act' in playing a supportive dad in 'Call Me by Your Name'," 21 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The event, more of a promenade than a parade, is a take on a New York tradition that dates to the late 1800s. Washington Post, "National Digest: Judge dismisses lawsuit related to Pulse shooting," 2 Apr. 2018 Bardot Brasserie at Aria Las Vegas Set on the second floor of Aria Las Vegas’s promenade, Bardot unabashedly resembles a 1920s Parisian café, as evidenced by the bistro chairs, Art Deco-style lamps, and oversized brass bar. Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Breakfasts and Brunches in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2018 Its grand promenade is unquestionably one of New York’s greatest rooms, and the theater itself is a giant jewel box that is at once a technical achievement and a wonderful venue for viewing America’s most celebrated and influential dance company. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 Because of a tide that’s about 1 to 1 ½ feet above normal, flooding is expected at the end of Thames Street in Baltimore, and will likely cover the promenade at the Inner Harbor’s dragon boat dock, according to the National Weather Service. Christina Tkacik,, "Coastal flood warning in effect for Baltimore City, southern Baltimore County through Monday morning," 8 July 2018 New promenade walls and a 700-year-old Crusader market at the Caesarea Harbor were unveiled on June 10 in Caesarea National Park in the presence of Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, and various representatives from funding and cooperating parties. Eliana Rudee,, "Big splash at Caesarea Harbor as new project is unveiled," 14 June 2018 Where to go local Walk along the Dunakorzó, the riverside promenade, for trans-Danube grandeur and drop-dead gorgeous views of city landmarks, like District I’s Buda Castle and V’s own Széchenyi Chain Bridge, a mid-19th-century wonder. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018 The projects include two bridges over Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz, widening of Discovery Street, construction of a promenade, environmental restoration of the creek bed, and grading of Creekside Drive. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "San Marcos passes $77 million budget, adds a new school resource officer," 14 June 2018 The appearance of the Pin Stripe Brass Band was a joyous introduction to the court's promenade. Sue Strachan,, "Proteus queens reunite at annual luncheon," 6 Feb. 2018

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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


promenade entry 2


French, from promener to take for a walk, from Middle French, alteration of Old French pourmener, from pour- completely (from Latin pro-) + mener to lead — more at pro-, amenable

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English Language Learners Definition of promenade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk in a public place for pleasure



English Language Learners Definition of promenade (Entry 2 of 2)

: a public place for walking especially along a beach

: a walk taken in a public place for pleasure


prom·​e·​nade | \ˌprä-mə-ˈnād, -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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