Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A town square or plaza, especially in Mexico.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A town square or marketplace, especially in Mexico.

Etymologies

American Spanish zócalo, from Spanish, socle, from Italian zoccolo; see socle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Mexican Spanish zócalo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “The kids and I are on our way to take a guided tour of the Zócalo,” she said, trying her best to pronounce the word zocalo with a Spanish pronunciation.

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  • Right now, the zocalo is alive with protestors, vendors, tents and is an interesting place to walk around, but isn't dangerous in spite of some negative press reports.

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  • If you are a tourist, the zocalo is a good place to meet locals, practice your Spanish (while the locals seek out Norteamericanos to practice their English), or get tips on what to do around town.

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  • The zocalo is a sort of a combination park and town square.

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  • In the _zocalo, _the market square, she browsed and bought a _huipil, _the traditional straight white Mayan dress worn locally, this one with ochre embroidery at the neck and hem.

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  • Dodging drums, the half-naked bodies and colorful feathered headdresses of the Concheros dancers celebrating in the zocalo, we hurriedly made our way to La Petit Four for a Mexican tradition of late afternoon caffeine and sugar, passing on hot chocolate and churros and opting for even richer French pastries.

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  • It reminds me of how the zocalo works in Mexico, or the plaza in Spain or piazza in Italy.

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  • But Facebook is going to have to figure out how to make gossip work in this new zocalo they've created.

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  • Because if you returned home from an evening in the zocalo to find out that everything everyone said was written down and broadcast to the rest of everybody -- disaster!

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  • The usually bustling jardin or zocalo was nearly empty.

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