pla·za (pläzə, plăzə)
1. A public square or similar open area in a town or city.
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.]
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