Definition of plaza in English:


Syllabification: pla·za
Pronunciation: /ˈplazə, ˈpläzə


chiefly North American
  • 1A public square, marketplace, or similar open space in a built-up area.
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    • The Learning Corridor includes five separate buildings, large public plazas and green spaces, and a parking garage.
    • We have some lovely plazas, squares, public markets, and parks.
    • A plaza joins a public esplanade which is planned to eventually connect all of Tacoma's waterfront.
  • 2A shopping center.
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    • At malls and huge shopping plazas, you get pushed and jostled.
    • It's more of a small indoor shopping plaza with retail stores and the like.
    • I finally caught up with him inside a store in one of the shopping plazas.
  • 2.1A service area on a highway, typically with a gas station and restaurants.
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    • At a service plaza near Mishawaka and Kokomo, a tourist brochure caught my eye.
    • Now he was on the road and had gone to Truckers' Church at a service plaza that morning.
    • That didn't stop us from going out to the northwest to our open field five miles south of the Okahumpka service plaza on the Florida turnpike.


late 17th century: from Spanish, literally 'place'.

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