- a public square or open space in a city or town.
- shopping plaza.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for plaza
In her struggle to find her daughter, Esther becomes one of the founders of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
The Plaza Hotel cooked a fancy-pants latke with red wine braised oxtail, horseradish sunchoke cream, and crispy kale.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed
December 17, 2014
A crate of the stuff arrived at the studio, compliments of the Plaza Athénée.
When they do dine, the Hitchcocks sometimes use Limoges china marked “Plaza Athénée.”
One observer recalled them hitting the ground “like melons,” as the music piped into the plaza played “How Deep Is Your Love?”The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
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.
Zacatecas has its plaza; all Spanish and Mexican towns have one.
The plaza, the market-place, and the cathedral are each worthy of note.
The Plaza Mayor in every Mexican city is not only the central park, but also the central idea.
- an open space or square, esp in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country
- mainly US and Canadian
- a modern complex of shops, buildings, and parking areas
- (capital when part of a name)Rockefeller Plaza
C17: from Spanish, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place
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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper