ra·​ma·​da rə-ˈmä-də How to pronounce ramada (audio)
Southwestern US
: a roofed shelter with usually open sides

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Reserve a ramada by calling the Natural Resources Division at 602-495-5458. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 19 Aug. 2022 To reserve a ramada, visit the Gilbert Parks and Recreation website. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2022 The home’s unique design pulls inspiration from Yakut structures, in which a ramada trellis connects buildings to provide refuge from the heat. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 16 May 2022 The WiFi connection works best at the ramada near the entrance. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2022 Another backyard has a ramada with a solid closed roof sheltering an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. oregonlive, 5 May 2022 Reserve a ramada by calling 623-773-7137 or at https://www.peoriaaz.gov. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2022 Begin on the Quartz Mine trail near the No. 3 picnic ramada. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 The backyard has an upper and lower deck with a pool that has a swim-up bar with stools under a ramada and a waterfall with a grotto, as well as an outdoor kitchen. Lia Picard, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


American Spanish, from Spanish, arbor, from rama branch, alteration of ramo, from Latin ramus — more at ramify

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ramada was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Ramada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ramada. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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