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piazza

[pee-az-uh, -ah-zuh or for 1, 3 especially British, pee-at-suh, -aht-; for 1 also Italian pyaht-tsah] /piˈæz ə, -ˈɑ zə or for 1, 3 especially British, piˈæt sə, -ˈɑt-; for 1 also Italian ˈpyɑt tsɑ/
noun, plural piazzas Italian, piazze
[pyaht-tse] /ˈpyɑt tsɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
an open square or public place in a city or town, especially in Italy.
2.
Chiefly New England and Inland South. a large porch on a house; veranda.
3.
Chiefly British. an arcade or covered walk or gallery, as around a public square or in front of a building.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Italian < Latin platēa courtyard, orig., street < Greek plateîa, noun use of feminine of platýs flat1. See place
Related forms
piazzaed, adjective
piazzian, adjective
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Examples for piazza
  • The remains of the monumental complex are beneath piazza duomo.
British Dictionary definitions for piazza

piazza

/pɪˈætsə; -ˈædzə; Italian ˈpjattsa/
noun
1.
a large open square in an Italian town
2.
(mainly Brit) a covered passageway or gallery
Word Origin
C16: from Italian: marketplace, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place
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Word Origin and History for piazza
piazza
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" (1724, chiefly Amer.Eng.).
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piazza in Culture
piazza [(pee-az-uh, pee-ah-zuh, pee-aht-suh)]

An open square, especially in a city or town in Italy.

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