[ plah-zuh, plaz-uh ]
/ ˈplɑ zə, ˈplæz ə /


a public square or open space in a city or town.
an area along an expressway where public facilities, as service stations and rest rooms, are available.

Origin of plaza

1675–85; < Spanish < Latin platea street < Greek plateîa broad street. See place Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plaza

/ (ˈplɑːzə, Spanish ˈplaθa) /


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

Word Origin for plaza

C17: from Spanish, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place
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