Definition of promenade in US English:



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

    • ‘A tree-lined promenade extends south to Battery Park, with its view to the Statue of Liberty.’
    • ‘There's an unmarked route between the front bar and the back bar which is like a seaside promenade.’
    • ‘Formal pedestrian promenades along either side are gracefully paralleled by double rows of live oak trees.’
    • ‘He called not only for proper car parking facilities for visitors to the beach but for a promenade to be built along Clonea Strand.’
    • ‘Built-up areas will be complemented by amenity space, parkland and a riverside promenade.’
    • ‘Eventually, he came to the riverside promenade where a strip of parkland bordered the River Ana.’
    • ‘I nodded, and we walked away from the pier, heading back along the promenade.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over at Blue Anchor bay the tar on the road was melting and walking along the promenade was a hot-foot experience.’
    • ‘There are no promenades along its shores, just a sharp band of grey, rough hewn rock separating burnt soil from cool water.’
    • ‘The foundations for the new pedestrian promenade, a relaxation area and public car park are being constructed.’
    • ‘We walked slowly along the promenade eating our ice creams and the sun was just disappearing over the horizon.’
    • ‘Access to the river will be opened by a waterfront promenade.’
    • ‘It's little things like wanting to walk along the promenade at Scarborough which I can no longer do.’
    • ‘Bill and I walked along the promenade toward the atrium of the Financial Center.’
    • ‘A grieving daughter wants action after her elderly mother died when her mobility scooter toppled off a seafront promenade.’
    • ‘On the main promenade there is a bazaar where you can haggle for leather goods and jewellery.’
    • ‘Imaginative landscaping, decorative lighting, and widened pedestrian promenades are part of the physical change.’
    • ‘Before a mere man has time to rub his eyes the promenade is deserted by the fair.’
    • ‘Colourful two-storey waterfront buildings overlook the main promenade, which curves gently around a small harbour.’
    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.
      ‘she went on a promenade with Jules’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the beach promenade, which was an absolute blast, it was the last full day of school.’
      • ‘I took a promenade heading towards Abdullah's studio.’
      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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2North American

    archaic term for prom (sense 1 of the noun)


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

    ‘women who promenaded in the Bois de Boulogne’
    • ‘He took my hand and we started to promenade as I mentally blinked in the fact that we were openly holding hands.’
    • ‘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 brass band blared from the wrought iron bandstand, families promenaded and old men gossiped in the shade of the neatly clipped box trees.’
    • ‘Whole books have been written about how young people promenade but there really ought to be a simple, one-line description.’
    • ‘I met him as he promenaded on Hill street in the late afternoon sun.’
    • ‘With the coming of spring-time, the ladies will soon be out promenading in the parks in their new fashions.’
    • ‘Fashionable Victorians flocked to promenade through this new underwater marvel, an amazing twin-bore arched corridor lit by flickering gaslight.’
    • ‘A pair of seagulls were promenading along the balustrade that ran around the perimeter of the balcony garden, watching us with beady eyes.’
    • ‘It was originally used for ladies to promenade in when they didn't want to go outside.’
    • ‘There is plenty of space here to promenade or sit on the floor.’
    • ‘The nurse promenaded down the hall, humming what seemed to be some kind of gospel tune.’
    • ‘Visitors flocked in steamers from Glasgow's Broomielaw to promenade under waving palms.’
    • ‘Along the rails by the Road, pedestrians promenaded, equally eager to see and be seen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has always been a marvel to me where the ladies promenading on the Esplanade get to when a sudden shower falls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, an estimated two to three thousand people were promenading along Hambantota harbour when the tidal wave struck.’
    • ‘Once inside the ground floor, one can promenade through either by a ramp or a curving staircase.’
    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’.