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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Conjunction Junction: Jupiter and Saturn Put on a Celestial Show," 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?, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 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, "For Catholic quinceañeras, Oakland’s Mormon temple is place to be," 17 June 2019 Starting at one end of the grounds, a spectator can promenade past many treasures hidden outside of the famous red clay courts. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Finding an Oasis at Tennis’s Most Crowded Major," 4 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The park to be built next to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will include a sprawling lawn, a promenade and water features. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, "Construction on Hemisfair park will start this fall, but mixed-use development around it may change," 10 Feb. 2021 Keller has invested over $4 million in improvements for the Old Town location, including the construction of a pedestrian promenade, addition of outdoor seating and community areas, and installation of 11 concrete sculpture pads. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Keller is seeking five sculptures to add to its Old Town public art program," 5 Feb. 2021 In Queens, 34th Avenue could become a long pedestrian promenade by expanding the existing median, which would allow space for features like a workout area and gardens, and would move the existing bike lane away from traffic. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "See What Happens When N.Y.C. Streets Are Full of People Instead of Cars," 17 Dec. 2020 People walk along the Tuen Mun promenade in early December. Washington Post, "Six portraits from a year defined by loss," 30 Dec. 2020 The water is the biggest draw in the city’s newest neighborhood, attracting thousands of visitors to the mile-long waterfront promenade who pump money into the city’s coffers. Washington Post, "The Army wants water restrictions near the Wharf. Residents and D.C. leaders call it an overreach.," 21 Dec. 2020 In a typical year, this celebration would light up the Inner Harbor basin with fireworks and include live music, drawing thousands to the promenade. Angela Roberts,, "Baltimore cancels New Year’s Eve celebration amid coronavirus surge," 16 Dec. 2020 Other elements will include classrooms, administrative offices, and a large multi-purpose space for events, located along a lakefront promenade overlooking the water’s edge at North Coast Harbor. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Rock Hall picks firm to design expansion of its iconic lakefront building with ‘reverence and irreverence’," 18 Dec. 2020 New features include a double deck show lounge, extended indoor main pool and new specialty dining with connections to al fresco dining space on the promenade. Richard Tribou,, "MSC Cruises plots out new ships for Port Canaveral, Miami through 2022," 17 Dec. 2020

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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

Noun and Verb

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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The first known use of promenade was in 1567

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“Promenade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of promenade

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old-fashioned : to walk in a public place for pleasure



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

British, somewhat old-fashioned : a public place for walking especially along a beach
old-fashioned : a walk taken in a public place for pleasure


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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