prom·e·nade (prŏm′ə-nād, -näd)
a. A leisurely walk, especially one taken in a public place as a social activity.
b. A public place for such walking.
a. A formal dance; a ball.
b. A march of all the guests at the opening of a ball.
3. A square-dance figure in which couples march counterclockwise in a circle.
4. In ballet, a slow supported turn on one foot.
v. prom·e·nad·ed, prom·e·nad·ing, prom·e·nades
1. To go on a leisurely walk.
2. To execute a promenade at a ball or in square dancing.
1. To take a promenade along or through: "[The] young women ... promenaded the streets in the cool of evening" (Charles Dickens).
2. To take or display on or as if on a promenade: promenade a friend; promenade one's charms.
[French, from promener, to take for a walk, from Latin prōmināre, to drive forward : prō-, forward; see PRO-1 + mināre, to drive with shouts (from minārī, to threaten, from minae, threats; see men-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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