I read the word esplanade might not common anymore, so I would like to ask a synonym used commonly for it?

Can I name it as a coast-road, a road made by concrete or chemicals by sea that for only walking or cycling ?

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Esplanade does have an old-fashioned ring to it, but only by association with old-fashioned seaside towns. if you happen to live in, or be visiting, an old-fashioned seaside town, it's a perfectly satisfactory word to use.

The word promenade seems about right:

A paved public walk, typically one along the seafront at a resort.

The word corniche could also be used, but the official definition doesn't quite fit:

A road cut into the edge of a cliff, especially one running along a coast.

The term coast-road is probably a bit too general: it could be applied to any road that runs along a coast. The one that immediately springs to mind would be route 101, which is definitely not just for walking or cycling.

  • To my ear, promenade is just as old-fashioned as esplanade. So far as I'm concerned, seafront is completely current, and accurate enough. Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 14:21
  • @FumbleFingers: agreed about promenade but, as I said, I think that esplanade is also OK. This definition of seafront en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/seafront doesn't really fit the idea of a road ... made only for walking or cycling, but I'm inclined to agree with you if it's just as a general description of where you walked.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 14:27
  • Obviously for those learners who have the time and energy to learn everything about English (including, but not limited to overtones of "old-fashioned rings"; it's sometimes feasible to park your car on an esplanade, but never on a promenade), it could be worth knowing how to use all three words. But for those who I assume are the majority coming here to ELL, it's more a matter of alerting them to the fact that if they're only going to learn one of these words, they should learn seafront and use it for all relevant senses. Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 14:41

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