1590s, from French esplanade (“clear, level space”), from Spanish esplanada (explanada), form of esplanar (“to flatten, to make level”), from Latin explānāre, from which English explain; see also plain (“level area, to flatten”), and Italian spianata, from spianare.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɛspləˈneɪd/, /ˌɛspləˈnɑːd/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɛspləˌneɪd/, /ˈɛspləˌnɑd/
- Rhymes: -eɪd, -ɑːd
esplanade (plural esplanades)
- A clear space between a citadel and the nearest houses of the town.
- The glacis of the counterscarp, or the slope of the parapet of the covered way toward the country.
- A grass plat; a lawn.
- Any clear, level space used for public walks or drives; especially, a terrace by the seaside.
- (public walk): promenade
esplanade f (plural esplanades)