Definition of promenade in English:



  • 1A paved public walk, typically one along the seafront at a resort.

    • ‘A tree-lined promenade extends south to Battery Park, with its view to the Statue of Liberty.’
    • ‘On the main promenade there is a bazaar where you can haggle for leather goods and jewellery.’
    • ‘He called not only for proper car parking facilities for visitors to the beach but for a promenade to be built along Clonea Strand.’
    • ‘Over at Blue Anchor bay the tar on the road was melting and walking along the promenade was a hot-foot experience.’
    • ‘The walk along the promenade to the more genteel Frinton-on-Sea is lined with beach huts, and the weather was good for taking photos.’
    • ‘There's an unmarked route between the front bar and the back bar which is like a seaside promenade.’
    • ‘Access to the river will be opened by a waterfront promenade.’
    • ‘A grieving daughter wants action after her elderly mother died when her mobility scooter toppled off a seafront promenade.’
    • ‘Eventually, he came to the riverside promenade where a strip of parkland bordered the River Ana.’
    • ‘Bill and I walked along the promenade toward the atrium of the Financial Center.’
    • ‘We walked slowly along the promenade eating our ice creams and the sun was just disappearing over the horizon.’
    • ‘Formal pedestrian promenades along either side are gracefully paralleled by double rows of live oak trees.’
    • ‘The foundations for the new pedestrian promenade, a relaxation area and public car park are being constructed.’
    • ‘Before a mere man has time to rub his eyes the promenade is deserted by the fair.’
    • ‘Imaginative landscaping, decorative lighting, and widened pedestrian promenades are part of the physical change.’
    • ‘Colourful two-storey waterfront buildings overlook the main promenade, which curves gently around a small harbour.’
    • ‘I nodded, and we walked away from the pier, heading back along the promenade.’
    • ‘Built-up areas will be complemented by amenity space, parkland and a riverside promenade.’
    • ‘It's little things like wanting to walk along the promenade at Scarborough which I can no longer do.’
    • ‘There are no promenades along its shores, just a sharp band of grey, rough hewn rock separating burnt soil from cool water.’
    esplanade, front, seafront, parade, walk, boulevard, avenue, walkway, mall
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    1. 1.1 A leisurely walk, or sometimes a ride or drive, taken in a public place so as to meet or be seen by others.
      ‘an evening promenade’
      • ‘After the beach promenade, which was an absolute blast, it was the last full day of school.’
      • ‘It was a Saturday morning and the weather was picturesque, perfect for a promenade outdoors or a carriage ride through the hills, but not nearly idyllic enough for Isabella to step foot from her house.’
      • ‘Outside market hours, the island serves as a park with trees and green banks round the edge, while bridges at both ends allow a promenade across it.’
      • ‘I took a promenade heading towards Abdullah's studio.’
      • ‘I was outside, having returned fifteen minutes ago from the morning promenade with Ally, dressed in my work clothes and doing maintenance on the flower beds.’
      walk, stroll, saunter, turn, wander, amble, breather, airing
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    2. 1.2 (in country dancing) a movement in which couples follow one another in a given direction, each couple having both hands joined.
      • ‘He asks his dancers to make twisted shapes that reconfigure human anatomy, and to perform difficult balances in forced arches, painstakingly slow promenades, impossibly deep, sustained lunges and plies.’
      • ‘They executed a perfect pirouette, a dip, and a promenade ending in a bow to the children; only Clara applauded but that appeared to be enough.’
  • 2North American

    archaic term for prom (sense 3 of the noun)


[no object]
  • 1Take a leisurely public walk, ride, or drive so as to meet or be seen by others.

    ‘they promenaded along the waterfront’
    • ‘Whole books have been written about how young people promenade but there really ought to be a simple, one-line description.’
    • ‘It was originally used for ladies to promenade in when they didn't want to go outside.’
    • ‘Fashionable Victorians flocked to promenade through this new underwater marvel, an amazing twin-bore arched corridor lit by flickering gaslight.’
    • ‘Earlier they had promenaded around the museum, talking to people and explaining how life in the 18th century differed so much from that in the 21st century.’
    • ‘In fact, an estimated two to three thousand people were promenading along Hambantota harbour when the tidal wave struck.’
    • ‘The town walls melted into pink, families promenaded in the cooler air of dusk, and for a moment I seriously considered taking up a career in sardine fishing.’
    • ‘The nurse promenaded down the hall, humming what seemed to be some kind of gospel tune.’
    • ‘There may well be some strange spectacles promenading in front of you along the sand, but why not?’
    • ‘It was Saturday night, and everybody in town seemed to be promenading or sitting at tables along the street.’
    • ‘He took my hand and we started to promenade as I mentally blinked in the fact that we were openly holding hands.’
    • ‘It has always been a marvel to me where the ladies promenading on the Esplanade get to when a sudden shower falls.’
    • ‘There is plenty of space here to promenade or sit on the floor.’
    • ‘With the coming of spring-time, the ladies will soon be out promenading in the parks in their new fashions.’
    • ‘A pair of seagulls were promenading along the balustrade that ran around the perimeter of the balcony garden, watching us with beady eyes.’
    • ‘A group of well-dressed men and women - the men in three-cornered hats, the women in long dresses - are promenading conspicuously beside the river.’
    • ‘The brass band blared from the wrought iron bandstand, families promenaded and old men gossiped in the shade of the neatly clipped box trees.’
    • ‘Visitors flocked in steamers from Glasgow's Broomielaw to promenade under waving palms.’
    • ‘I met him as he promenaded on Hill street in the late afternoon sun.’
    • ‘Once inside the ground floor, one can promenade through either by a ramp or a curving staircase.’
    • ‘Along the rails by the Road, pedestrians promenaded, equally eager to see and be seen.’
    walk, stroll, saunter, wander, amble, stretch one's legs, take a stroll, take a walk, go for a stroll, go for a walk, take the air
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    1. 1.1with object Take a promenade through (a place)
      ‘people began to promenade the streets’
      • ‘So here's a thought: If you even wanted to stop, shop, visit, peruse, or promenade the streets of New York, this is the moment.’
    2. 1.2dated with object Escort (someone) about a place, especially so as to be seen by others.
      ‘the governor of Utah promenades the daughter of the Maryland governor’


Mid 16th century (denoting a leisurely walk in public): from French, from se promener ‘to walk’, reflexive of promener ‘take for a walk’.