piazza

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian piazza.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

piazza (plural piazzas or piazze)

  1. A public square, especially in an Italian city.
  2. (US dialects, chiefly New England, dated) A veranda; a porch.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned, [] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.
  3. (UK) A roofed gallery or arcade (for example around a public square or in front of a building).

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural piazze is used especially when the word refers to public squares in Italy, and plural piazzas when it refers to porches.
  • In some Southern dialects, the variant form pizer is used.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 piazza” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin platea, from Ancient Greek πλατεῖα (plateîa).

Noun[edit]

piazza f (plural piazze)

  1. square
  2. market
  3. space, post

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Verb[edit]

piazza

  1. third-person singular present indicative of piazzare
  2. second-person singular imperative of piazzare

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