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1. A public square or similar open area in a town or city.
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)
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]
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|Noun||1.||plaza - a public square with room for pedestrians; "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"|
|2.||plaza - 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)