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[kol-uh-neyd] /ˌkɒl əˈneɪd/
Architecture. a series of regularly spaced columns supporting an entablature and usually one side of a roof.
Compare arcade.
a series of trees planted in a long row, as on each side of a driveway or road.
Origin of colonnade
1710-20; < French, equivalent to colonne column + -ade -ade1, on the model of Italian colonnato
Related forms
colonnaded, adjective Unabridged
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  • The suggestion of a colonnade along this facade is handled by piers alternating between tall dark window columns.
  • Two players, fiercely engaged in the rivalries of the game, squatting in the shade of a colonnade and laughing.
  • Then he suddenly recoiled, as he turned one of the four corners of the colonnade.
  • Turning at one of the four corners of the colonnade, he suddenly recoils.
  • So the itch to flaunt something, in the face of all this treasure and colonnade, is a time-honored one.
  • The monument consists of an impressive double colonnade rising above a long terrace.
  • At one time a colonnade had surrounded the central unit.
  • The memorial is a curving colonnade, flanked at the ends by a chapel and a map room.
  • With its arching vine-covered colonnade and raised stage, this space is perfect for small weddings.
  • Architecturally, their elevations are divided into a rusticated base and a colonnade with an entablature and balustrade.
British Dictionary definitions for colonnade


a set of evenly-spaced columns
a row of regularly spaced trees
Derived Forms
colonnaded, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French, from colonnecolumn; on the model of Italian colonnato, from colonna column
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Word Origin and History for colonnade

1718, from French colonnade, from Italian colonnato, from colonna "column," from Latin columna "pillar" (see hill).

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