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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 ?
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.
As we neared the plaza and my presence was discovered we were immediately surrounded by hundreds of the creatures who seemed anxious to pluck me from my seat behind my guard.
Above the central plaza it stopped, slowly settling Marsward.
Leaning over the side of the flier, he saw what appeared to be a red woman being dragged across the plaza by a huge green warrior--one of those fierce, cruel denizens of the dead sea-bottoms and deserted cities of dying Mars.
The messenger led me through the labyrinthine alleys to an open plaza near the center of the village.
As we passed out into the village plaza, I saw Chal-az--we were so close to one another that I could have reached out and touched him--and our eyes met; but though I greeted him pleasantly and paused to speak to him, he brushed past me without a sign of recognition.
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.
Thus I made the journey to the vicinity of the plaza without detection.
He used to seat himself on a bench under the great poplar in our plaza, and there he would keep us all hanging open-mouthed on the stories he told us of his exploits.
This soldier, then, that I have described, this Vicente de la Roca, this bravo, gallant, musician, poet, was often seen and watched by Leandra from a window of her house which looked out on the plaza.
What I see is the Cafe Venus, on the plaza of Santiago, where one hot night I drank and talked with a dying consumptive.
In the meantime Bertha Kircher was conducted the length of the plaza toward the largest and most pretentious of the buildings surrounding it.