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[plah-zuh, plaz-uh] /ˈplɑ zə, ˈplæz ə/
a public square or open space in a city or town.
an area along an expressway where public facilities, as service stations and rest rooms, are available.
Origin of plaza
1675-85; < Spanish < Latin platea street < Greek plateîa broad street. See place Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plaza
  • Each settlement is organized around a central plaza and linked to others via precisely placed roads.
  • He likes to take visitors onto the balcony of the town hall and challenge them to spot a scrap of paper in the plaza.
  • Studies have shown that automated systems result in major decreases in toll plaza delays and air pollution.
  • Outside, the trees on the plaza start to fade into twilight.
  • But the college is going ahead with the plaza anyway.
  • And the concrete plaza next to the library, which serves to cover a walkway underneath, has major problems with leaking.
  • Four thematic areas will structure the program: the plaza, the market, the workshop and the field.
  • It was prohibited to talk about that because was a cause to a public beating in the town plaza.
  • Upstairs, the ninth-deck bar had also become a town plaza.
  • But the modernised side has outdoor tables, placed on a plaza full of cranes and new buildings.
British Dictionary definitions for plaza


/ˈplɑːzə; Spanish ˈplaθa/
an open space or square, esp in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country
(mainly US & Canadian)
  1. a modern complex of shops, buildings, and parking areas
  2. (capital when part of a name): Rockefeller Plaza
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place
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Word Origin and History for plaza

1830, from Spanish plaza "square, place," from Vulgar Latin *plattia, from Latin platea "courtyard, broad street" (see place (n.)).

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