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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Examples of piazza in a Sentence

let's enjoy our mint juleps out on the piazza
Recent Examples on the Web Terrazza at Hotel Casa del Mar, steps from the beach in Santa Monica, transports guests to a European piazza with its garden setting. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "California's Coolest New Outdoor Dining Venues — From Rooftops and Poolsides to Secret Gardens," 1 Oct. 2020 When completed, that piazza will be more than just a couple of candles sitting on bistro tables and photos showing Italian scenes. Marc Bona, cleveland, "How an Italian village is being created in Valley View with winery’s expansion," 30 Sep. 2020 Check out any of the 20 or so structures that now line Chestnut Street between Divisadero and Fillmore, or in North Beach, where Washington Square has taken on the look of an Italian piazza. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Willie Brown: Dislike for Trump alone won’t carry Democrats. They need enthusiasm," 19 Sep. 2020 Sit distanced outside at the piazza, complete with burbling water fountain, and order wine made from grapes grown on site to pair with a cheese plate or pizza. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "3 mini-vacations in the Midwest that offer spectacular scenery and won't break the bank," 16 Sep. 2020 The procession wound through the city to the piazza, where an acrobatic display had been arranged. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Lucrezia Borgia," 28 May 2020 The image that struck me most was the empty piazza. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Performance Art: On Sharing Culture," 30 Mar. 2020 Reminiscent of Portofino, the 750-room hotel is home to a piazza, where colorful buildings line the harbor and singers perform classic ballads every evening. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "25 Resorts in the U.S. That Are Perfect for Families," 8 July 2020 Ewing Blue is a muted shade of powder blue with just the slight tint of green that makes piazza blue so unmistakable. Taylor Eisenhauer, Southern Living, "This Is the Only Ceiling Color You'll See on Lowcountry Porches," 1 July 2020

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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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The first known use of piazza was in 1563

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16 Oct 2020

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“Piazza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piazza. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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