piazza

[ 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 pi·az·zas, Italian piaz·ze [pyaht-tse] /ˈpyɑt tsɛ/.

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 formspi·az·zaed, adjectivepi·az·zi·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for piazza

piazza

/ (pɪˈætsə, -ˈædzə, Italian ˈpjattsa) /

noun

a large open square in an Italian town
mainly British a covered passageway or gallery

Word Origin for piazza

C16: from Italian: marketplace, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place
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Word Origin and History for piazza

piazza


n.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for piazza

piazza

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

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

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