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St Clair Beach and esplanade, Dunedin, New Zealand
The Corniche, Beirut, Lebanon
Promenade at Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete City, Philippines.
Sliema promenade

An esplanade is a long, open, level area, usually next to a river or large body of water, where people may walk. This allows people to promenade along the sea front, usually for recreational purposes, whatever the state of the tide, without having to walk on the beach. Esplanades became popular in Victorian times when it was fashionable to visit seaside resorts.

The original meaning of esplanade was a large, open, level area outside fortress or city walls to provide clear fields of fire for the fortress against incoming infantry or artillery. Esplanade and promenade are sometimes used interchangeably, but that is a mistake. A promenade can be anywhere, and it is exclusively for walking, while an esplanade is for walking but also can include large boulevards or avenues with cars. A Promenade, often abbreviated to '(The) Prom', was an area where people - couples and families especially - would go to walk for a while in order to 'be seen' and be considered part of 'society'.

A similar term with the same meaning in the eastern coastal region of Spain is rambla, but more widely referred to as paseo marítimo (esplanade), paseo (promenade) or explanada (esplanade) in the Hispanic world.


Examples of esplanades



See also riverwalk.


  • Promenade on space station Deep Space 9 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
  • The Promenade area in Canal City, Planet Notak, in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
  • Riverfront Esplanade, a fictional New Jersey development, on The Sopranos TV show.
  • The Promenade in Glen Oak, California on 7th Heaven TV show.
  • Waukeen's Promenade, in the city of Athkatla, in the video game Baldur's Gate II.
  • Chapter One of Camara Laye's The Radiance of the King.
  • VMK Esplanade in Main Street land of VMK

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Source material

Up to date as of January 22, 2010

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by William Carlos Williams
from Al Que Quiere! (1917)

Well, mind, here we have
our little son beside us:
a little diversion before breakfast!

Come, we'll walk down the road
till the bacon will be frying.
We might better be idle?
A poem might come of it?
Oh, be useful. Save annoyance
to Flossie and besides—the wind!
It's cold. It blows our
old pants out! It makes us shiver!
See the heavy trees
shifting their weight before it.
Let us be trees, an old house,
a hill with grass on it!
The baby's arms are blue.
Come, move! Be quieted!

So. We'll sit here now
and throw pebbles into
this water-trickle.

            Splash the water up!
(Splash it up, Sonny!) Laugh!
Hit it there deep under the grass.
See it splash! Ah, mind,
see it splash! It is alive!
Throw pieces of broken leaves
into it. They'll pass through.
No! Yes—just!

Away now for the cows! But—
It's cold!
It's getting dark.
It's going to rain.
No further!

Oh then, a wreath! Let's
refresh Something they
used to write well of.

Two fern plumes. Strip them
to the mid-rib along one side.
Bind the tips with a grass stem.
Bend and intertwist the stalks
at the back. So!
Ah! now we are crowned!
Now we are a poet!

A bunch of little flowers
for Flossie—the little ones
         a red clover, one
blue heal-all, a sprig of
bone-set, one primrose,
a head of Indian tobacco, this
magenta speck and this
little lavender!
                 Home now, my mind!—
Sonny's arms are icy, I tell you—
and have breakfast!

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

PROMENADE, a walk taken for exercise or more especially for social amusement, hence a road, drive or other public place laid out for the purpose, a parade. The French word promenade was formerly pourmenade, and came from pourmener, promener, to take for a walk, Late Latin prominare, to drive an animal out to pasture, from pro, forward, minare, to drive on with cries and threats (minae). " Promenade concerts," so called from the fact that the audience are free to walk about or "promenade," were first introduced from Paris to London in 1838 under the name of "promenade concerts a la Musard," after the concerts given by the French musician and conductor, Philippe Musard (1793-1859). They were given at the Lyceum Theatre (English Opera House).

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Promenade f. (genitive Promenade, plural Promenaden)

  1. promenade


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