Definitions for plazaˈplɑ zə, ˈplæz ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plaza, place, piazza(noun)

    a public square with room for pedestrians

    "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"

  2. plaza, mall, center, shopping mall, shopping center, shopping centre(noun)

    mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace

    "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"


  1. plaza(Noun)

    a townu2019s public square.

  2. plaza(Noun)

    an open area used for gathering in a city, often having small trees and sitting benches.

  3. Origin: From plaza, from platea, from πλατεῖα, shortening of πλατεῖα ὁδός.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plaza(noun)

    a public square in a city or town

  2. Origin: [Sp. See Place.]


  1. Plaza

    A plaza is an open urban public space, such as a city square. All through Spanish America and the Spanish East Indies, the plaza mayor of each center of administration held three closely related institutions: the cathedral, the cabildo or administrative center, which might be incorporated in a wing of a governor's palace, and the audiencia or law court. The plaza might be large enough to serve as a military parade ground. At times of crisis or fiesta, it was the space where a large crowd might gather. Like the Italian piazza, the plaza remains a center of community life that is only equaled by the market-place. Most colonial cities in Spanish America and the Philippines were planned around a square plaza de armas, where troops could be mustered, as the name implies, surrounded by the governor's palace and the main church. A plaza de toros is a bullring. In modern usage, a plaza can be any gathering place on a street or between buildings, a street intersection with a statue, etc. Today's metropolitan landscapes often incorporate the "plaza" as a design element, or as an outcome of zoning regulations, building budgetary constraints, and the like. Sociologist William H. Whyte conducted an extensive study of plazas in New York City: his study humanized the way modern urban plazas are conceptualized, and helped usher in significant design changes in the making of plazas.

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