noun pla·za \ˈpla-zə, ˈplä-\

: 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

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
:  a place on a thoroughfare (as a turnpike) at which all traffic must temporarily stop (as to pay tolls)
:  an area adjacent to an expressway which has service facilities (as a restaurant, gas station, and restrooms)

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

PLAZA Defined for Kids


noun pla·za \ˈpla-zə, ˈplä-\

Definition of PLAZA for Kids

:  a public square in a city or town


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