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[pee-az-uh, -ah-zuh or for 1, 3 especially British, pee-at-suh, -aht-; for 1 also Italian pyaht-tsah] /piˈæz ə, -ˈɑ zə or for 1, 3 especially British, piˈæt sə, -ˈɑt-; for 1 also Italian ˈpyɑt tsɑ/
noun, plural piazzas Italian, piazze
[pyaht-tse] /ˈpyɑt tsɛ/ (Show IPA)
an open square or public place in a city or town, especially in Italy.
Chiefly New England and Inland South. a large porch on a house; veranda.
Chiefly British. an arcade or covered walk or gallery, as around a public square or in front of a building.
Origin of piazza
1575-85; < Italian < Latin platēa courtyard, orig., street < Greek plateîa, noun use of feminine of platýs flat1. See place
Related forms
piazzaed, adjective
piazzian, adjective Unabridged
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  • The Milbreys, father and son, came up and greeted the group on the piazza.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The old feller was sittin' on the piazza in a big rattan chair.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • When he went out on the piazza he saw excitement among his comrades.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Though all cannot live on the piazza,” as the Tuscan proverb has it, “every one may feel the sun.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Will ye come in th' parlor, er had ye ruther set out on th' piazza?

British Dictionary definitions for piazza


/pɪˈætsə; -ˈædzə; Italian ˈpjattsa/
a large open square in an Italian town
(mainly Brit) a covered passageway or gallery
Word Origin
C16: from Italian: marketplace, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place
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Word Origin and History for piazza

1580s, "public square in an Italian town," from Italian piazza, from Latin platea "courtyard, broad street," from Greek plateia (hodos) "broad (street);" see place (n.). According to OED, mistakenly applied in English 1640s to the colonnade of Covent Garden, designed by Inigo Jones, rather than to the marketplace itself; hence "the verandah of a house" (1724, chiefly American English).

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piazza in Culture
piazza [(pee-az-uh, pee-ah-zuh, pee-aht-suh)]

An open square, especially in a city or town in Italy.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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