AskDefine | Define esplanade

Dictionary Definition

esplanade n : a long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for walking beside the seashore

User Contributed Dictionary




  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; esp., a terrace by the seaside.

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Extensive Definition

An esplanade is a long, open, level area, usually next to a river or large body of water, where people may walk. This allows people to promenade along the sea front, usually for recreational purposes, whatever the state of the tide, without having to walk on the beach. Esplanades became popular in Victorian times when it was fashionable to visit seaside resorts.
The original meaning of esplanade was a large, open, level area outside fortress or city walls. Esplanade and promenade are sometimes used interchangeably, but that is a mistake. A promenade can be anywhere, and it is exclusively for walking, while an esplanade is for walking but also can include large boulevards or avenues with cars.
A similar term with the same meaning in hispanic world is rambla.

Examples of esplanades



See also riverwalk.


See also

External links

esplanade in Danish: Esplanade
esplanade in German: Promenade
esplanade in Polish: Esplanada
esplanade in Portuguese: Calçadão
esplanade in Finnish: Kävelykatu

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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