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plaza (n.)

1830, from Spanish plaza "square, place," from Vulgar Latin *plattia, from Latin platea "courtyard, broad street" (from PIE root *plat- "to spread").

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Definitions of plaza from WordNet

plaza (n.)
a public square with room for pedestrians;
Synonyms: place / piazza
plaza (n.)
mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace;
a good plaza should have a movie house
Synonyms: mall / center / shopping mall / shopping center / shopping centre
From wordnet.princeton.edu