an open shelter, often having a dome-shaped thatched roof, and installed especially on beaches and picnic grounds.

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

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1869, from Amer.Sp. ramada "tent, shelter," from Sp. ramada "an arbor," from rama "branch," from V.L. *rama, collective of L. ramus "branch."
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Example sentences
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.
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