parking lot

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parking lot (plural parking lots)

  1. (Canada, US) An open area, generally paved, where automobiles may be left when not in use.
    Should we park in that parking lot, or in the garage up the street?
    • 1970, Joni Mitchell, "Big Yellow Taxi" (song)
      They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
  2. (US, figuratively, humorous) A major thruway blocked by stop and go traffic.
    The 101 was a parking lot again today.


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