plaza

noun pla·za \ ˈpla-zə , ˈplä- \

Definition of plaza

1 a :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

  1. They put his statue in the town's plaza.

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Origin and Etymology of plaza

Spanish, from Latin platea broad street — more at place



PLAZA Defined for English Language Learners

plaza

noun

Definition of plaza for English Language Learners

  • : an open public area that is usually near city buildings and that often has trees and bushes and places to sit, walk, and shop

  • : an area on or next to a highway having restaurants, gas stations, restrooms, etc.

  • : a place where you stop to pay money before going onto a highway


PLAZA Defined for Kids

plaza

noun pla·za \ ˈpla-zə , ˈplä- \

Definition of plaza for Students

:a public square in a city or town


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