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 The last leg of the exhibition includes a promenade of garments by designers who apprenticed with the two masters or directed their houses after they were gone. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Light enough to wear for a day in the hot sun and stylish enough for a walk along the promenade, the Amalfi Maxi Caftan from Echo New York is your soon to be summer staple. Shivani Vora, Forbes, 26 May 2022 From there, coast downhill to the shady and manicured Parc Mon Repos, then along the lakeside promenade of the Quai Wilson, taking in views of Mont Blanc in the distance if the weather is good. New York Times, 23 May 2022 Cool fact: At night, the steel pillars double as lanterns, illuminating the waterway and promenade. Robin Soslow, Chron, 18 Mar. 2022 Seven nodes will be built along the promenade, each with a different theme. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Feb. 2022 Here’s an easy route that takes you through quintessential Geneva, with a stop in the United Nations area, a cruise along a lakeside promenade, a quick dip in the lake, then a swing past the city’s historic center. New York Times, 23 May 2022 Torrevieja also has miles of sublime sandy beaches, a picturesque seafront promenade, waterparks and modern sports centers. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 15 May 2022 Similar scenes played out in front of the city’s waterfront promenade, where for weeks citizens have lined up peacefully to call for the president to step down. Time, 9 May 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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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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