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 piazza (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 After a year of closed borders, the European Union is set to allow entry to vaccinated travelers from countries with low infection rates, raising hopes for piazza espressos and Mediterranean dips this summer. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 21 May 2021 But this year Francis will celebrate the service in the basilica and deliver the blessing from the altar, to prevent crowds from forming in the piazza. Nicole Winfield, chicagotribune.com, 3 Apr. 2021 But this year Francis will celebrate the service in the basilica and deliver the blessing from the altar, to prevent crowds from forming in the piazza. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 3 Apr. 2021 For post-shopping in busy Covent Garden, a real treat is coffee and cake at lovely Ladurée (or their famous macarons) on the pretty cobblestoned Covent Garden piazza or on their discreet roof terrace. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Grapes are still off-loaded near the main piazza of this working wine estate, while the Borgo's agricultural remit is combined with a social mission in a horticultural project that pairs diversely abled youths with retired farmers from the area. Lee Marshall, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2021 Houses for sale line the main road that winds uphill to the majestic castle which crowns the town, and a panoramic piazza paved with lava stones. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 25 Apr. 2021 O’Connor and Buckley smile shyly at one another, as if across a Veronese piazza — when the play leaps out of the gate. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 The street becomes transformed as a piazza on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 10 P.M., and from 1 to 9 P.M. Sundays. Gerald Eskenazi, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021

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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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26 May 2021

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“Piazza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piazza. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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