from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A public square in an Italian town.
- n. A roofed and arcaded passageway; a colonnade.
- n. New England & Southern Atlantic U.S. A veranda.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A public square, especially in an Italian city.
- n. A veranda.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An open square in a European town, especially an Italian town; hence (Arch.), an arcaded and roofed gallery; a portico. In the United States the word is popularly applied to a veranda.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An open square in a town surrounded by buildings or colonnades; a plaza: as, the piazza of Covent Garden; the Piazza del Popolo in Rome; the Piazza dell' Annunziata in Florence.
- n. An arcaded or colonnaded walk upon the exterior of a building; a veranda; a gallery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a public square with room for pedestrians
No one is sure why the term piazza survives here while vanishing most everywhere else, but
In the piazza is a stone monument dedicated to workers killed while building the Frejus rail tunnel linking Italy and France.
The piazza is always dirty and noisy – that goes without saying – but on
"Why," she replied, "the rain has washed all the color out of our flags, and the piazza is covered with red and blue streams of water."
The thick curtain of the green vine that drapes the piazza is hung over its whole surface with the long drooping clusters of its starry flowers that lose all their sweetness upon the air, and show from the garden beneath like an immense airy veil of delicate white lace in the moonlight, -- a wonderful white glory.
Next door and across the piazza is the 1983 museum, the last work of an enervated Stone, co-architect of the original 1939 Museum of Modern Art in New York.
They passed Donatello and Leonardo, and up toward the far end of the entrance toward the piazza was the statue of Cosimo, looking very wise and surprisingly warm, standing alongside his grandson.
Standing in the 96-by-72-foot atrium (which Mr. Piano calls a piazza), one can also look into the park to the east and west, down long symmetrical wings 35 feet high.
On the piazza is the shop of bookbinder Paolo Olbi, where you can find elegant hand-bound journals.
The piazza is the terminus for Via del Corso, a popular shopping street that was also the main road leading into Rome from the north in antiquity, but it is also flanked by a fifteenth-century palace, the Palazzo Venezia, built by a Venetian Cardinal and many centuries later occupied by Mussolini, as well as a church, San Marco, that was founded in the fourth century AD.