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[ruh-mah-duh] /rəˈmɑ də/
an open shelter, often having a dome-shaped thatched roof, and installed especially on beaches and picnic grounds.
Origin of ramada
1865-70, Americanism; < American Spanish: open shelter roofed with branches; earlier Spanish enramada arbor, bower, noun use of feminine past participle of enramar to intertwine branches equivalent to en- in-2 + -ramar, verbal derivative of ramo branch < Latin rāmus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A great quantity of dry fodder, piled in the ramada, served them for food and bedding.

  • An hour passed, and then from the ramada there came a sound of wailing.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • The night after the big snake-killing Jefferson Creede picked up his blankets and moved quietly back to the ramada with Hardy.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • The courtyard was partly shaded by a ramada and partly open to the hot sun.

    Vanished Arizona Martha Summerhayes
  • But at this moment the dying light of the fire showed him the aguaras advancing in a dense body to assail the ramada.

  • They accordingly continued their journey, and at seven o'clock in the morning the little party arrived at the ramada.

  • Oliver Drew awoke the next day after the fire dance in the ramada which had been assigned to him.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • Together they made their way to the house, and Ermine passed under the ramada with his hat off.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
Word Origin and History for ramada

"arbor, porch," 1869, from American Spanish ramada "tent, shelter," from Spanish ramada "an arbor," from rama "branch," from Vulgar Latin *rama, collective of Latin ramus "branch" (see ramus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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