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pla·za

 (plä′zə, plăz′ə)
n.
1. A public square or similar open area in a town or city.
2.
a. A widened roadway forming the approach to tollbooths on a highway.
b. A parking or service area next to a highway.
3. A shopping center.

[Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *plattea, from Latin platea, broad street; see place.]

plaza

(ˈplɑːzə; Spanish ˈplaθa)
n
1. (Human Geography) an open space or square, esp in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country
2. (Commerce) chiefly
a. a modern complex of shops, buildings, and parking areas
b. (capital when part of a name): Rockefeller Plaza.
[C17: from Spanish, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place]

pla•za

(ˈplɑ zə, ˈplæz ə)

n., pl. -zas.
1. a public square or open space in a city or town.
2. a complex of stores, banks, movie theaters, etc.; shopping center.
3. an area along an expressway where public facilities, as service stations and rest rooms, are available.
[1675–85; < Sp < Latin platea street < Greek plateîa broad street. See place]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plaza - a public square with room for pedestriansplaza - a public square with room for pedestrians; "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"
public square, square - an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
2.plaza - mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisersplaza - 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"
food court - an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold (usually around a common eating area)
mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet - a place of business for retailing goods
Translations

plaza

[ˈplɑːzə] N
1. (= public square) → plaza f
2. (US) (= motorway services) → zona f de servicios; (= toll) → peaje m

plaza

nPiazza f; (US: = shopping complex) → Einkaufszentrum or -center nt
References in classic literature ?
Four months ago they had left the straggling street thronged with busy citizens--groups at every corner, and a chaos of merchandise and traders in the open plaza or square beside the Presbyterian church.
If only it were possible to assemble the hundred or more telephone buildings of New York in one vast plaza, and if the two thousand clerks and three thousand maintenance men and six thousand girl operators were to march to work each morning with bands and banners, then, perhaps, there might be the necessary quality of impressiveness by which any large idea must always be imparted to the public mind.
That," said the galley slave, "is like a man having money at sea when he is dying of hunger and has no way of buying what he wants; I say so because if at the right time I had had those twenty ducats that your worship now offers me, I would have greased the notary's pen and freshened up the attorney's wit with them, so that to-day I should be in the middle of the plaza of the Zocodover at Toledo, and not on this road coupled like a greyhound.
Toward the center of the city was a large plaza, and upon this and in the buildings immediately surrounding it were camped some nine or ten hundred creatures of the same breed as my captors, for such I now considered them despite the suave manner in which I had been trapped.
The green hordes that use these deserted cities seldom occupy more than a few squares about the central plaza, and as they come and go always across the dead sea bottoms that the cities face, it is usually a matter of comparative ease to enter from the hillside.
Nestled in a deep valley lay a city of Martian concrete, whose every street and plaza and open space was roofed with glass.
Above the central plaza it stopped, slowly settling Marsward.
Look," he said, and pointed a black forefinger toward the end of the village street where a wider space between the huts left a sort of plaza.
The messenger led me through the labyrinthine alleys to an open plaza near the center of the village.
As they approached it, Bradley saw that it was a huge building rising a hundred feet in height from the ground and that it stood alone in the center of what might have been called a plaza in some other part of the world.
What I see is the Cafe Venus, on the plaza of Santiago, where one hot night I drank and talked with a dying consumptive.
It is a most quiet, forlorn, little town; built, as is universally the case in these countries, with the streets running at right angles to each other, and having in the middle a large plaza or square, which, from its size, renders the scantiness of the population more evident.