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 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 : a place on a thoroughfare (as a turnpike) at which all traffic must temporarily stop (as to pay tolls)
3 : an area adjacent to an expressway which has service facilities (as a restaurant, gas station, and restrooms)
4 : shopping center
Examples of plaza in a sentence
They put his statue in the town's plaza.
Origin and Etymology of plaza
Spanish, from Latin platea broad street — more at place
First Known Use: 1683
Rhymes with plaza
PLAZA Defined for Kids
Definition of plaza for Students
: a public square in a city or town
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up plaza? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).