[es-pluh-nahd, -neyd, es-pluh-nahd, -neyd] /ˈɛs pləˌnɑd, -ˌneɪd, ˌɛs pləˈnɑd, -ˈneɪd/
any open, level space, especially one serving for public walks or drives.
a long open level stretch of ground for walking along, esp beside the seashore Compare promenade (sense 1)
an open area in front of a fortified place, in which attackers are exposed to the defenders’ fire
1590s, from French esplanade (15c.), from Spanish esplanada “large level area,” noun use of fem. past participle of esplanar “make level,” from Latin explanare “to level” (see explain). Or perhaps the French word is from or influenced by Italian spianata, from spianare
[ih-spleez] /ɪˈspliz/ noun, (used with a plural verb) Law. 1. the yield from land, as produce or rents.
Trademark. 1. the Entertainment Sports Network: a cable television channel.
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[es-paw] /ˈɛs pɔ/ noun 1. a city in S Finland, W of Helsinki. /Finnish ˈɛspoː/ noun 1. a city in S Finland. Pop: 224 231 (2003 est)