[pee-az-uh, -ah-zuh or for 1, 3 especially British, pee-at-suh, -aht-; for 1 also Italian pyaht-tsah]
noun, plural piazzas Italian, piazze [pyaht-tse] .
an open square or public place in a city or town, especially in Italy.
Chiefly New England and Inland South. a large porch on a house; veranda.
Chiefly British. an arcade or covered walk or gallery, as around a public square or in front of a building.

1575–85; < Italian < Latin platēa courtyard, orig., street < Greek plateîa, noun use of feminine of platýs flat1. See place

piazzaed, adjective
piazzian, adjective
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piazza (pɪˈætsə, -ˈædzə, Italian ˈpjattsa)
1.  a large open square in an Italian town
2.  chiefly (Brit) a covered passageway or gallery
[C16: from Italian: marketplace, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place]

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Word Origin & History

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 [(pee-az-uh, pee-ah-zuh, pee-aht-suh)]

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

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