zocalo

noun
zo·ca·lo | \ˈzō-kə-ˌlō \
plural zocalos

Definition of zocalo 

: the public square of a Mexican city or town : plaza

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But the pulsating heart of it all was Mexico City’s central plaza, or zocalo, where tens of thousands gathered to watch Saturday’s World Cup match between Mexico and South Korea. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 2018 Many at the zocalo donned the green, red and white of the Mexican side, El Tri. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 2018 The Free Press reported in May that a splash pad, a zocalo — or traditional Mexican public space — and other amenities are coming to the popular Clark Park in southwest Detroit, as part of a greater transformation of the West Vernor corridor. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit seeking developer for housing development near train station," 28 June 2018 The zocalo seemed to cheer, groan and hold its collective breath like a single massive organism as each side had its chances in the opening moments. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 2018 Last week, the City of Detroit announced new amenities coming to Clark Park — a splash pad, a zocalo (or traditional Mexican public space) and other amenities — as part of a greater investment in the West Vernor corridor. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Some southwest Detroiters see the downside to booming home prices," 29 May 2018 In southwest Detroit, the zocalo and splash park were suggestions that came directly from residents, city officials said. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Splash pad, plaza on the way for southwest Detroit's Clark Park," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of zocalo

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zocalo

Mexican Spanish, from el Zócalo, public square in Mexico City, from Spanish zócalo socle, plinth, from Italian zoccolo; from the plinth of an unfinished monument in Mexico City's main square — more at socle

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