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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Offering students both indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, the new piazza is connected to the aquatic center, and will serve as the primary entrance for students and visitors attending the high school’s athletic competitions. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "Loyola Academy celebrates grand opening of new $19.5 million aquatic center, piazza," 12 Aug. 2019 The spot, modeled after a piazza, or gathering place in Italy, is smaller (2,000 square feet, 30-seats inside and 20 seats on the covered patio) than ie, the Carraras’ full-service sit-down Italian restaurant in South Minneapolis. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Due Focacceria eatery and market gives Italian food its due," 14 Aug. 2019 Swim team members from the early 1960s, recent graduates and a multi-generational contingent of family and alumni gathered in Wilmette Sunday to celebrate the grand opening of Loyola Academy’s $19.5 million aquatic center and piazza. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "Loyola Academy celebrates grand opening of new $19.5 million aquatic center, piazza," 12 Aug. 2019 Surrounded by crowds of townsfolk, guests entered one piazza in which a choir sung on a terrazzo, while another sang on the steps of a monastery. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Much More Than Leopard Print: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda Pounces Into Action," 5 July 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 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 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 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

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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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