pi·​az·​za | \ pē-ˈa-zə How to pronounce piazza (audio) , -ˈä-, sense 1 is usually -ˈat-sə, -ˈät- How to pronounce piazza (audio) \
plural piazzas or piazze\ pē-​ˈat-​(ˌ)sā How to pronounce piazze (audio) , -​ˈät-​ \

Definition of piazza

1 plural piazze : an open square especially in an Italian town
2a : an arcaded and roofed gallery
b dialect : veranda, porch

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Examples of piazza in a Sentence

let's enjoy our mint juleps out on the piazza
Recent Examples on the Web Reminiscent of Portofino, the 750-room hotel is home to a piazza, where colorful buildings line the harbor and singers perform classic ballads every evening. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "25 Resorts in the U.S. That Are Perfect for Families," 8 July 2020 Ewing Blue is a muted shade of powder blue with just the slight tint of green that makes piazza blue so unmistakable. Taylor Eisenhauer, Southern Living, "This Is the Only Ceiling Color You'll See on Lowcountry Porches," 1 July 2020 The Campo piazza, long a center of nightlife, has also come back to life at the evening aperitivo hour. Anchorage Daily News, "Outbreaks in Germany, S. Korea show the risks in easing up," 9 May 2020 Rome’s piazzas were almost deserted and cafes had few customers, as the Italian capital was locked down for the first time. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Italians Face Up to Life Under Nationwide Lockdown," 10 Mar. 2020 This year, however, the cobblestoned piazza was bare. Fox News, "Pope celebrates joy of Easter amid sorrow of virus, alone," 12 Apr. 2020 Emphasize Architecture Lush plantings of star jasmine frame a piazza fountain and provide a foundation of greenery that helps accentuate the airy second- and third-story porches on this distinctive home. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "This Charming Charleston Garden Thrives Season After Season," 9 Apr. 2020 The balmy influences exerted on her by daily sun and air bath were so grateful her breathing became so much easier after each of them, that, whenever a storm came, and prevented the resort to the piazza, the invalid suffered. Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, "A Historical Lesson in Disease Containment," 21 Mar. 2020 Straight ahead, hugged by tiers of crimson and gold, the famous Bolshoi stage, wide and deep enough to look like a medieval piazza, with a real fountain in the middle. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "A Winter’s Night at the Bolshoi, 1985," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of piazza

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for piazza

Italian, from Latin platea broad street — more at place

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The first known use of piazza was in 1563

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12 Jul 2020

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“Piazza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piazza. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of piazza

: an open public area in a town or city (especially in Italy) that is usually surrounded by buildings

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