One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in Spain or Spanish-speaking parts of the southwestern US) a leisurely walk or stroll, especially one taken in the evening in which young people may socialize with each other.
walk, stroll, saunter, turn, wander, amble, breather, airing, ramble, hikeView synonyms
- ‘Besides sitting still, the only other vital Madrid pastime is the paseo, the evening city stroll.’
- ‘It seemed so quintessentially Spanish; the country of the paseo, the promenade, has an instinctively social culture, and its faith in public solidarity has proved vibrant at the very point of most threat.’
- 1.1 A parade of bullfighters into the arena at the beginning of a bullfight.
- 1.2US A plaza or walkway for strolling.
- ‘The paseo is busy in the early morning with elderly swimmers, at lunchtime with office workers and late at night with African women sitting in circles like daubs of luminous paint.’
- ‘Paseos can be wide and the premiere destination for city life, or they can be narrow and offer intimate dining.’
- ‘At night its wide, sweeping paseos are filled with locals taking their evening walk before heading for something to eat.’
Spanish, literally ‘step’.
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