Definition of esplanade in English:



  • 1A long, open, level area, typically beside the sea, along which people may walk for pleasure.

    • ‘When city founder John Graves Simcoe first sailed into our harbour in 1793, he reportedly suggested that the waterfront would make a lovely spot for an esplanade, maybe a park as well.’
    • ‘It is only today, 40 years after his death, that people are beginning to reclaim the oceanside esplanade and beach as their own.’
    • ‘When beach showers appeared, all that was required was a quick splash, a towel, and a comb before you rejoined the crowds on the esplanade.’
    • ‘If it's sunny, there's nothing finer than grabbing a pint at one of the many open-air pubs on the esplanade and watching the world go by.’
    • ‘Once intended to be a grand esplanade or promenade 100 feet wide along the waterfront, it soon turned into a mass of railway tracks as more and more railways fought for entrances into the City.’
    • ‘You can wander down a main boulevard leading to the sea-front esplanade, and the only sound is a football being bounced by children against a tree.’
    • ‘If you stroll down the Kaivopuisto esplanade in Helsinki, there are some wooden benches along the harbour that look like picnic benches.’
    • ‘But whatever your particular price range you are guaranteed a fantastic view as all apartments look over either the seafront, the harbour or the esplanade.’
    • ‘Then they went for a stroll along the beachfront esplanade.’
    • ‘A plaza joins a public esplanade which is planned to eventually connect all of Tacoma's waterfront.’
    • ‘It is also an easy stroll along the esplanade to Estoril if you feel like a slight change of scene or want to lose your money at the enormous casino.’
    • ‘Local authorities' occasional sweeps of the esplanade along Beach Road have done little to relieve the problem.’
    • ‘To begin though, I settle into a daily regime that involves nothing more challenging than a walk into Funchal along the esplanade, behind the squadrons of yachts in the town's marina.’
    • ‘The esplanade on the south shore has been renovated to an extremely high standard and is used by cyclists, people walking their dogs and folk generally enjoying a stroll.’
    • ‘The colonel came out of the hotel and started to walk toward the broad, scenic esplanade along the shore of the lake.’
    • ‘I was sitting in a shelter on the esplanade at Watchet trying to avoid conversation with a large lady from London who's been holidaying in West Somerset for a long, long time.’
    footpath, pathway, footway, pavement, track, jogging track, trail, trackway, bridleway, bridle path, ride, riding, towpath, walk, walkway, promenade, avenue, lane, alley, alleyway, passage, passageway, byway, sidetrack, berm, causeway, right of way
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    1. 1.1 An open, level space separating a fortress from a town.
      • ‘The esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle is legally owned by Nova Scotia, dating from a deal concluded by Charles I and never revoked.’
      • ‘The thousands of visitors to the city will now only have husky dog races, a triathlon and a fun run from the castle esplanade to occupy them.’
      • ‘Stretching from the castle esplanade to the palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile, or High Street, has undergone various incarnations since it came into being in mediaeval times.’
      • ‘The esplanade outside the castle walls is the site for the Military Tattoo, one of Edinburgh's three most celebrated festivals.’
      • ‘His duty was to return the salute from the soldiers on the esplanade below each time a band finished its selection of military marches.’


Late 16th century (denoting an area of flat ground on top of a rampart): from French, from Italian spianata, from Latin explanatus ‘flattened, levelled’, from explanare (see explain).