Definition of plaza
1a : a public square in a city or townb : 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)
4 : shopping center
Examples of plaza in a Sentence
They put his statue in the town's plaza.
Recent Examples of plaza from the Web
Such closures have been occurring on a rotating basis for a couple of weeks as the Turnpike Authority’s contractor upgrades the toll plaza, Bell said.
The plaza will serve as space for community gatherings including the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, City Night Out, and other events.
Basically, motorists will pay an upfront cost, avoiding having to stop at the plaza.
After decades as a parking lot, the site opened as a public plaza on Wednesday with a party including music and food.
The Western Wall, or Kotel, is the holiest site where Jews can pray, and its main plaza is divided into separate men’s and women’s prayer sections.
The Obama Foundation displayed drawings and a miniature model of the center, which will also include a public plaza and classrooms.
A plaza is also planned, along with a 75-space parking area, the main entrance off Frankfort and a walking path leading to Beargrass Creek.
The chain is also working on a second Tinley location near 171st Street and Harlem in the Jewel-Osco plaza.
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PLAZA Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of plaza for Students
: a public square in a city or town
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