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[es-pluh-nahd, -neyd, es-pluh-nahd, -neyd] /ˈɛs pləˌnɑd, -ˌneɪd, ˌɛs pləˈnɑd, -ˈneɪd/
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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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for esplanade


/ˌɛspləˈneɪd; -ˈnɑːd/
a long open level stretch of ground for walking along, esp beside the seashore Compare promenade (sense 1)
an open area in front of a fortified place, in which attackers are exposed to the defenders' fire
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old Italian spianata, from spianare to make level, from Latin explānāre; see explain
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Word Origin and History for esplanade

1590s, from French esplanade (15c.), from Spanish esplanada "large level area," noun use of fem. past participle of esplanar "make level," from Latin explanare "to level" (see explain). Or perhaps the French word is from or influenced by Italian spianata, from spianare

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