Promenade is a fancy word for going out walking. If you like to stroll through town in a leisurely way, then you like to take promenades.

Besides meaning the nice walk you just took, the noun promenade can also mean a special walking place for pedestrians, like a boardwalk. You can also use it as a verb, and go promenading. In Square Dance, promenade is a move where the couples walk around in a circle, and you might be familiar with the promenade at your high school — or did you just call it "Prom"?

Definitions of promenade

n a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)

amble, perambulation, saunter, stroll
meander, ramble
an aimless amble on a winding course
a public stroll by a celebrity to meet people informally
Type of:
the act of walking somewhere

n a march of all the guests at the opening of a formal dance

Type of:
march, marching
the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)

n a square dance figure; couples march counterclockwise in a circle

Type of:
contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country dancing, country-dance
a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line

n a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk

a long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for walking beside the seashore
Type of:
paseo, walk, walkway
a path set aside for walking

n a formal ball held for a school class toward the end of the academic year

Type of:
ball, formal
a lavish dance requiring formal attire

v take a leisurely walk

“The ladies promenaded along the beach”
Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v march in a procession

parade, troop
Type of:
march, process
march in a procession

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