1. a long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for walking beside the seashore
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Esplanade \Es`pla*nade"\, n. [F. esplanade, Sp. esplanada,
explanada, cf. It. spianata; fr. Sp. explanar to level, L.
explanare to flatten or spread out. See Explain.]
(a) A clear space between a citadel and the nearest houses
of the town. --Campbell (Mil. Dict. ).
(b) The glacis of the counterscarp, or the slope of the
parapet of the covered way toward the country.
2. (Hort.) A grass plat; a lawn. --Simmonds.
3. Any clear, level space used for public walks or drives;
esp., a terrace by the seaside.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for
walking beside the seashore
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
66 Moby Thesaurus words for "esplanade":
alameda, beaten path, beaten track, berm, bicycle path,
billiard table, boardwalk, bowling green, bridle path, catwalk,
dead flat, dead level, earth, fastwalk, flat, flatland, floor,
foot pavement, footpath, footway, garden path, groove, ground,
hiking trail, homaloid, horizontal, horizontal axis,
horizontal fault, horizontal line, horizontal parallax,
horizontal plane, horizontal projection, ledge, level, level line,
level plane, mall, mean sea level, parade, parterre, path, pathway,
plain, plane, platform, prado, prairie, promenade, public walk,
run, runway, rut, sea level, sea of grass, sidewalk, steppe, table,
terrace, towing path, towpath, track, trail, trottoir, walk,
walkway, water level