plaza, place, piazza(noun)
a public square with room for pedestrians
"they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"
A public square, especially in an Italian city.
Origin: From piazza.
an open square in a European town, especially an Italian town; hence (Arch.), an arcaded and roofed gallery; a portico. In the United States the word is popularly applied to a veranda
Origin: [It., place, square, market place, L. platea street, courtyard. See Place.]
A piazza is a city square in Italy, Malta, along the Dalmatian coast and in surrounding regions. The term is roughly equivalent to the Spanish plaza. In Ethiopia, it is used to refer to a part of a city. When the Earl of Bedford developed Covent Garden - the first private-venture public square built in London - his architect Inigo Jones surrounded it with arcades, in the Italian fashion. Talk about the piazza was connected in Londoners' minds not with the square as a whole, but with the arcades. A piazza is commonly found at the meeting of two or more streets. Most Italian cities have several piazzas with streets radiating from the center. Shops and other small businesses are found on piazzas as it is an ideal place to set up a business. Many metro stations and bus stops are found on piazzas as they are key point in a city. In Britain piazza now generally refers to a paved open pedestrian space, without grass or planting, often in front of a significant building or shops. King's Cross Station in London is to have a piazza as part of its redevelopment. The piazza will replace the existing 1970's concourse and allow the original 1850's façade to be seen again. There is a good example of a piazza in Scotswood at Newcastle College.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pi-az′a, n. a place or square surrounded by buildings: a walk under a roof supported by pillars.—adj. Piazz′ian. [It.,—L. platea, a place.]
The numerical value of piazza in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of piazza in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
That play was worse than when (Roger) Clemens threw at Mike Piazza, it was completely illegal. He should pay a price, either on the field or off it with the suspension.
People nowadays like to be together not in the old-fashioned way of, say, mingling on the piazza of an Italian Renaissance city, but, instead, huddled together in traffic jams, bus queues, on escalators and so on. It's a new kind of togetherness which may seem totally alien, but it's the togetherness of modern technology.
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