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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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 Pet Promenade Costumed human and pet pairs enter contests and promenade around Rice Village. Houston Chronicle, "Family fun: Tricks and treats, haunted houses and festivals," 25 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Car-free and vibrant, Pearl Street Mall is the 40-year-old, four-block promenade that serves as the city's commercial and social hub. Melanie D.g. Kaplan,, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 The land the promenade would be built on is owned by the Florida Department of Transportation. Meryl Kornfield,, "Pier 66 plans hotel renovation as first step toward new development," 11 July 2018 The promenade also offers carnival games themed to films such as Wall•E Space Race as well as a bandstand where The Pixarmonic Orchestra performs tunes from Pixar films playing wacky instruments like kazoos and slide whistles. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Plans to revitalize the nearly one-mile promenade along the river are also underway. Jan Hefler,, "Burlington City's waterfront to sparkle decades after land was cleared of rowhouses, factories," 21 June 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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