[es-pluh-nahd, -neyd, es-pluh-nahd, -neyd]
any open, level space, especially one serving for public walks or drives.

1675–85; < French < Italian spianata, noun use of feminine past participle of spianare < Latin explānāre to level; see -ade Unabridged
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esplanade (ˌɛspləˈneɪd, -ˈnɑːd)
1.  Compare promenade a long open level stretch of ground for walking along, esp beside the seashore
2.  an open area in front of a fortified place, in which attackers are exposed to the defenders' fire
[C17: from French, from Old Italian spianata, from spianare to make level, from Latin explānāre; see explain]

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Word Origin & History

1591, from Fr. esplanade, from Sp. esplanada "large level area," from esplanar "make level," from L. explanare "to level" (see explain).
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Example sentences
Wright cantilevered the esplanade roofs off of surprisingly-shaped supports on one side.
On my visit, the vast esplanade leading to the basilica and site of the mystical appearance was quiet.
The contractor will cut and remove all designated and marked spots from the power house to the end of the esplanade down stream.
Installation of temporary shoring for the esplanade wing walls until a new wing wall anchor system is constructed.
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