esplanade

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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.[1]

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Noun[edit]

esplanade ‎(plural esplanades)

  1. A clear space between a citadel and the nearest houses of the town.
  2. The glacis of the counterscarp, or the slope of the parapet of the covered way toward the country.
  3. A grass plat; a lawn.
  4. Any clear, level space used for public walks or drives; especially, a terrace by the seaside.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ esplanade” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

esplanade f ‎(plural esplanades)

  1. esplanade, plaza, square, piazza