plaza

[plah-zuh, plaz-uh]
noun
1.
a public square or open space in a city or town.
3.
an area along an expressway where public facilities, as service stations and rest rooms, are available.

Origin:
1675–85; < Spanish < Latin platea street < Greek plateîa broad street. See place

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To plazas
Collins
World English Dictionary
plaza (ˈplɑːzə, Spanish ˈplaθa)
 
n
1.  an open space or square, esp in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian)
 a.  a modern complex of shops, buildings, and parking areas
 b.  (capital when part of a name): Rockefeller Plaza
 
[C17: from Spanish, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

plaza
1683, from Sp. plaza "square, place," from V.L. *plattia, from L. platea "courtyard, broad street" (see place (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences for plazas
The toll was collected by both toll plazas and an electronic toll collection system.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;