/piˈæzə, -ˈɑzə or for 1, 3especially British, piˈætsə, -ˈɑt-; for 1 also Italian ˈpyɑttsɑ/Show Spelled[pee-az-uh, -ah-zuhor for 1, 3especially British, pee-at-suh, -aht-; for 1 also Italianpyaht-tsah]Show IPA
a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.
a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.
1583, "public square in an It. town," from It. piazza, from L. platea "courtyard, broad street," from Gk. plateia (hodos) "broad (street)." Mistakenly applied in Eng. c.1642 to the colonnade of Covent Garden, designed by Inigo Jones, rather than to the marketplace itself; hence "the verandah of a house"