pi·az·za | \pē-ˈa-zə, -ˈä-, sense 1 is usually -ˈat-sə, -ˈät- \
plural piazzas or piazze\pē-ˈat-(ˌ)sā, -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 {amp} 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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The crowd grew quiet as the horses and their riders entered the piazza. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "The Palio di Siena: A Survivor’s Tale," 16 Apr. 2018 Find a piazza or a park and enjoy a picnic par excellence. Matt Goulding, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Eat Like an Italian," 13 June 2018 The piazza has tables and chairs that are already being used by visitors sipping coffee or for people watching. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Inside Little Italy's apartment rush," 18 May 2018 The group’s Farmers and Artists Market, where produce and baked goods are sold alongside artwork and jewelry by local artists, is held at the piazza on Sundays, from June 24 to Oct. 28. New York Times, "Westbury, N.Y.: A Bucolic Village in Suburbia," 6 June 2018 Listed for sale at just under $2.7 million, the circa-1855 home sits on nearly an acre of land and features 13 rooms, an exterior framed by a piazza, and a central turret offering a wide view of the front yard. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "West Newton Hill home is named a ‘local landmark’," 5 July 2018 Salvini was finishing up a news conference in a second-floor hotel meeting room directly above the piazza. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, "The torchbearer of Italy’s far right is now in power and wants to make good on anti-migrant promises," 4 June 2018 Plans also include an outdoor public seating area, which the property owner calls a piazza, with an interactive Freedom Trail kiosk and an Italian heritage monument. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Starbucks takes shots over plan to open in the North End," 29 June 2018 Tables are placed outside on a large piazza and within the cave, where lanterns cast a lovely glow over the bar's sandstone walls. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Jordan," 5 Oct. 2016

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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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