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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
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Examples from the web for ramada
  • Little's garden, features a ramada made of augers and bedsprings and a patio made from water meter lids.
  • The football players and their friends have the center table outdoors, at what everyone calls the ramada.
  • ramada does not, and does not have the right to, own any hotel or motel properties.
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).

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