piazza

noun

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

Examples of piazza in a Sentence

let's enjoy our mint juleps out on the piazza
Recent Examples on the Web One of the most magical travel experiences is watching the setting of a favorite book come to life: Think reading The God of Small Things in India, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in Savannah, or A Room with a View in Florence, seated by your own window overlooking the piazza. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 4 May 2024 Rome aglow at night, when the piazzas empty out and the nightlife begins Getty Café tables line the streets of Trastevere, known for its traditional trattorias Fineas Anton/Unsplash What are the parts of Rome that travelers should know about? Maddalena Fossati, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Apr. 2024 The hotel has three types of accommodations: Le Corte, a traditional main building with 63 rooms and suites, and Il Borgo, composed of 92 townhouses, surrounded by narrow streets and a piazza, complete with a clock tower. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Beset by devastating floods, Venice erected an engineering marvel of metallic barricades that can rise and lower in its inlets to protect the palazzos, piazzas and churches. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Those who prefer to spend their vacation immersed in nature rather than being jostled in a busy piazza are also in luck. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2024 In an open piazza of Carrara, her hair tucked into a bandanna, sunglasses on, wearing a turtleneck and a stained work jacket, Ms. Eshel hammered away at enormous chunks of stone. Alex Traub, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 The image’s low contrast and lack of sharpness suggest that it was snapped from the hurly-burly of the piazza. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2023 Once construction of the piazza’s garden, which is directly across from Il Caffe’s alfresco tables, is completed, this will easily become one of Rome’s chicest hangouts (not unlike how Bulgari Hotel Milano changed the game for the city’s aperitivo scene). Chadner Navarro, Travel + Leisure, 13 July 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Italian, from Latin platea broad street — more at place

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of piazza was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Piazza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piazza. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

piazza

noun
pi·​az·​za pē-ˈaz-ə How to pronounce piazza (audio)
sense 1 is usually
-ˈat-sə How to pronounce piazza (audio)
-ˈät-
plural piazzas or piazze -ˈat-sā How to pronounce piazza (audio)
-ˈät-
1
plural piazze : an open square especially in an Italian town : plaza
2
a
: a long hall with an arched roof
b
dialect : veranda, porch

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