public square

noun

Definition of public square

1 : an open public area in a city or town where people gather
  • St. Mark's Square in Venice is sinking at a time when this Italian city's popularity is rising. The world's most famous public square now floods an average of three out of every five days.
  • —Tom Crosby
2 : the sphere of public opinion
  • In an August 2007 speech, then-New York governor Eliot Spitzer expounded upon Reinhold Niebuhr and the virtues of humility in the public square.
  • —Lisa Miller
  • … using legal action to cow an opponent into silence, and withdrawal from the public square.
  • —Mark Steyn

First Known Use of public square

1757

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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