pla·za | \ ˈplä-zə , ˈpla- \

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.

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The group appreciated the walkable space featuring a plaza, park, playground and art. Karen Pearlman,, "Architecture students hope to freshen Lemon Grove park," 11 July 2018 Concerns also linger about pedestrian and vehicle access to the plaza, as well as the rerouting of Fiesta’s Battle of Flowers and Flambeau parades. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Officials try to avoid battle over Alamo plan," 8 July 2018 The plaza, which is anchored by Target, will also include the newest location of Zaxby’s, which should be complete soon. Austen Erblat,, "Construction started on Discount Tire in Greenacres," 6 July 2018 His supporters streamed toward the Zocalo, the main plaza in Mexico City, for a celebration. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018 The master plan features a huge conservatory as the centerpiece, as well as a series of gardens, meadows, pathways and plazas, horticulture exhibits, and educational facilities. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Parking for bikes but not cars? This development plan is going green," 28 June 2018 One upgrade calls for adding a new entrance plaza, a large ballroom, meeting rooms and a concourse connecting the north and south buildings. Stephen Hudak,, "Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs' budget includes millions more for public safety, no tax-rate increase," 27 June 2018 With Belle Époque architecture, airy plazas, and a leafy riverside promenade, Baden-Baden is perfect for aimless afternoon strolling. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend Road Trip to the Black Forest," 27 June 2018 The restaurant will be at a corner of Freshwater Plaza; the space has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the plaza's fountain. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former RuYi chef to open Momo Mee in Harbor District," 25 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of plaza

: 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


pla·za | \ ˈpla-zə , ˈplä- \

Kids Definition of plaza

: a public square in a city or town

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