[pee-az-uh, -ah-zuh or for 1, 3 especially British, pee-at-suh, -aht-; for 1 also Italian pyaht-tsah]

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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Related Words for piazza

stoop, square, portico, patio, colonnade, balcony, veranda

Examples from the Web for piazza

Contemporary Examples of piazza

Historical Examples of piazza

  • 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.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Will ye come in th' parlor, er had ye ruther set out on th' piazza?

British Dictionary definitions for piazza



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

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

piazza in Culture


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

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

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