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[plah-zuh, plaz-uh]
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  1. a public square or open space in a city or town.
  2. shopping plaza.
  3. an area along an expressway where public facilities, as service stations and rest rooms, are available.
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Origin of plaza

1675–85; < Spanish < Latin platea street < Greek plateîa broad street. See place
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Related Words for plaza

square, park, court, green, common

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Contemporary Examples of plaza

Historical Examples of plaza

  • The garrison was drawn out in the Plaza to be reviewed by their commander.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • In the Plaza de Armas there stands a fine monument to the memory of Hidalgo.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Zacatecas has its plaza; all Spanish and Mexican towns have one.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • The Plaza Mayor in every Mexican city is not only the central park, but also the central idea.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • The plaza is also shaded by thick clusters of ornamental trees.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for plaza


  1. an open space or square, esp in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country
  2. mainly US and Canadian
    1. a modern complex of shops, buildings, and parking areas
    2. (capital when part of a name)Rockefeller Plaza
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Word Origin for plaza

C17: from Spanish, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place
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Word Origin and History for plaza


1830, from Spanish plaza "square, place," from Vulgar Latin *plattia, from Latin platea "courtyard, broad street" (see place (n.)).

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