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plaza

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noun pla·za \ˈpla-zə, ˈplä-\

Simple Definition of plaza

  • : an open public area that is usually near city buildings and that often has trees and bushes and places to sit, walk, and shop

  • : an area on or next to a highway having restaurants, gas stations, restrooms, etc.

  • : a place where you stop to pay money before going onto a highway

Full Definition of plaza

  1. 1 a :  a public square in a city or town b :  an open area usually located near urban buildings and often featuring walkways, trees and shrubs, places to sit, and sometimes shops

  2. 2 :  a place on a thoroughfare (as a turnpike) at which all traffic must temporarily stop (as to pay tolls)

  3. 3 :  an area adjacent to an expressway which has service facilities (as a restaurant, gas station, and restrooms)

  4. 4 :  shopping center

Examples of plaza

  1. They put his statue in the town's plaza.



Origin of plaza

Spanish, from Latin platea broad street — more at place


First Known Use: 1683

Rhymes with plaza



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plaza

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noun pla·za \ˈpla-zə, ˈplä-\

Definition of plaza

  1. :  a public square in a city or town




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