Definition of colonnade in English:



  • 1A row of evenly spaced columns supporting a roof, an entablature, or arches.

    • ‘The sight lines leading to the colonnade and entablature of the Parliament are left unobstructed.’
    • ‘Entablatures and colonnades are common structural features of basalt.’
    • ‘The reconstruction included the massive ornamental pylons with round balconies, classical columns, and a semicircular colonnade set on piers along the north and south sides’
    • ‘Unsullied nature, however, was to be carefully constructed and framed by the arches, colonnades, and balustrades of a proposed new northwestern highway entrance to the city.’
    • ‘The traditional gallery house had covered spaces that opened to the outside through a colonnade or arcade.’
    • ‘It consists of a central block with two small temples forming pavilions, all with grand porticoes and linked by colonnades.’
    • ‘There is space for sitting at the inner plaza's center and dark, cool shade under colonnades at its edges.’
    • ‘There's the Parthenon, built in 446 B.C., with its colonnade of Doric columns extending around the periphery of the entire structure.’
    • ‘The old Getty in Malibu had been modelled after a Roman villa, all colonnades and porticos, and the new one, too, is full of Europeanate historical references.’
    • ‘Concrete also stars in a colonnade of poured-in-place columns that runs along three of the courtyard's sides.’
    • ‘The rhythm of its open colonnade is echoed in that of the hall across the court.’
    • ‘The triangular prismatic columns of the new colonnade restate this quality in geometry that invokes the cathedral's name.’
    • ‘Park guided viewers through the next gallery with a colonnade of arches made of clear or translucent reinforced vinyl.’
    • ‘The rest of the structure is of bamboo: poles 80 to 100 mm in diameter are lashed together with rattan or connected by bolts to form roof trusses and the colonnade.’
    • ‘Near the site museum is a row of truncated columns, part of the colonnade of a portico belonging to the forum.’
    • ‘Domes of turquoise and eggshell, arches and colonnades, all arranged with effortless rhythm and elegance.’
    • ‘One should perceive a bit further in the distance the colonnade forming the peristyle of the temple of Berecynthia.’
    • ‘This screen of timber and steel shades the interiors and forms a colonnade running through the public facilities - exhibition, gallery, function, and cafe - to the new quadrangle.’
    • ‘Buildings are clustered to encourage student/faculty dialogue and are intersected by quaint plazas, terraces, lavender gardens, and colonnades.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the building was extended by addition of east and west wings linked to the centre by colonnades tracing the path of the old road.’
    row of columns, peristyle
    portico, arcade, loggia, covered walk, gallery, cloisters, stoa
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    1. 1.1A row of trees or other tall objects.
      • ‘The eastern slope below Playfair's buildings has been pierced by a rusticated colonnade of battered piers framing large windows.’
      • ‘A long colonnade of towers would line Atlantic Avenue, terracing down to a landscaped park bounded by low-rise residential buildings, scaled to the existing brownstone neighborhood just to the south.’
      • ‘Suddenly there was hardly a logging truck to be seen on Route 101, and the town's once-busy main street became a battered colonnade of crumbling facades and closed businesses.’
      • ‘They look like an elegant row of columns, tiny enough for atomic-scale hide-and-seek, but these colonnades represent a new way to bring nanotechnology into mass production.’


Early 18th century: from French, from colonne column, from Latin columna.