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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Synonyms for piazza


gallery [Southern & Midland], lanai, porch, stoop, veranda (or verandah)

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Examples of piazza in a Sentence

let's enjoy our mint juleps out on the piazza

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Its setting is grand, on a piazza next to the Galleria Vittorio. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 Tickets for this fundraiser, $25 advance or $35 at the site, include all pasta tastings; proceeds go toward the creation of a museum and piazza. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "‘Nonna’ DiNapoli to judge Little Italy San Jose’s sauce contest," 19 June 2019 Chat with vendors at an open-air market to learn the secrets of assembling the perfect Italian picnic, and then sit down to enjoy your lunch in a nearby piazza. National Geographic, "Italy & Greece Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 All of the characteristics Sontag identifies as criteria for camp will be expressed through fashion pieces selected by Bolton and his colleagues in an open piazza to reflect the concept’s relatively recent social acceptance. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "“From Sun Kings to Drag Queens:” Alessandro Michele, Anna Wintour, and Andrew Bolton Set Up Camp in Milan," 22 Feb. 2019 Florence in the spring is already a cacophonous babel of tourists, guides, and souvenir hawkers clogging narrow streets, crowding ancient piazzas. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Exclusive: Tour Florence's Rarely Seen Palazzo Spini Feroni," 27 Feb. 2019 There's no room to sit inside, but there are plenty of tables outside on the piazza. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018 That piazza is home to the Brancacci Chapel, where 15th-century artist Masaccio created one of the Renaissance’s most important fresco cycles. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In a Struggling Italy, Florence Homes Enjoy a New Renaissance," 28 Nov. 2018 And the piazza, with the gleaming white marble of the 16th-century Church of San Giorgio Maggiore serving as backdrop, had to be one of the most elegant finish lines for any event revolving around an internal combustion engine. Mraz, Town & Country, "A Venetian Affair," 20 Dec. 2012

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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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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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