pla·​za | \ ˈplä-zə How to pronounce plaza (audio) , ˈpla- How to pronounce plaza (audio) \

Definition of plaza

1a : a public square in a city or town
b : an open area usually located near urban buildings and often featuring walkways, trees and shrubs, places to sit, and sometimes shops
2 : a place on a thoroughfare (such as a turnpike) at which all traffic must temporarily stop (as to pay tolls)
3 : an area adjacent to an expressway which has service facilities (such as a restaurant, gas station, and restrooms)

Examples of plaza in a Sentence

They put his statue in the town's plaza.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite thunderstorms in the forecast for Friday night, the Milwaukee Bucks are still planning to hold a watch party at the Deer District plaza for Game 3 after canceling the Game 2 watch party. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2022 State Police located the driver at a shopping plaza in Bourne, and he was taken into custody, the statement said. Globe Correspondent,, 20 Apr. 2022 Several people were injured Friday evening in a 20-vehicle crash on State Road 408 West, shutting down the express lanes/epass lanes at the nearby toll plaza, according to the Orlando Police Department. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2022 Palestinians were largely allowed to gather freely at the plaza, outside Damascus Gate, a major entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Reducing the number of lanes at the Bay Bridge toll plaza will take at least a year to figure out, Gerbracht said, and planners are just getting started. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Apr. 2022 Wednesday morning, a busload of Ukrainians arrived at El Chaparral plaza on the south side of the crossing. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 Night was falling Thursday when sanitation crews had to pause work on clearing a homeless encampment at a Little Tokyo plaza. Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 The Orlando Police Department released body camera footage Thursday that showed the arrest of a 31-year-old man at a Signal Hill shopping plaza last month, who later died in custody. Lisa Maria Garza,, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of plaza

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for plaza

Spanish, from Latin platea broad street — more at place

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10 May 2022

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“Plaza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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pla·​za | \ ˈpla-zə How to pronounce plaza (audio) , ˈplä- \

Kids Definition of plaza

: a public square in a city or town

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