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 & 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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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 But Paola and Murray stay on, sitting under the shade of four enormous ficus trees, watching the locals and tourists mix noisily in the main piazza. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Automobili Pagani had moved to more splendid digs in San Cesario Sul Panaro that include a factory floor styled after a piazza, with street lamps and a campanile. Dan Neil, WSJ, "How Horacio Pagani Designs Multimillion-Dollar Hypercars by Hand," 23 Aug. 2018 Diners can eat there, on the patio, in the pretty piazza or take it to-go. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Little Italy Food Hall, a delicious gastro-gathering place, opens today," 12 July 2018 Several opponents said they were offended by the realty company’s decision to call the outdoor seating area a piazza and flatly rejected its proposal to build an Italian heritage monument. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Starbucks takes shots over plan to open in the North End," 29 June 2018 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

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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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