[ 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 /
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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.



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Origin of piazza

1575–85; <Italian <Latin platēa courtyard, originally, street <Greek plateîa, noun use of feminine of platýsflat1. See place


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British Dictionary definitions for piazza

/ (pɪˈætsə, -ˈædzə, Italian ˈpjattsa) /


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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Cultural definitions for 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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