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piazza.
1. Open space, square, or market-place, surrounded by buildings and approached by various streets.

2. In C17 and C18 a roofed arcade or colonnade with buildings above, as at Covent Garden, London, (1631–3), by Inigo Jones.

3. Any covered way, colonnaded walk, or pentice.

4. Open porch or verandah (US).

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pi·az·za / pēˈätsə; pēˈazə/ • n. 1. / pēˈätsə/ a public square or marketplace, esp. in an Italian town. 2. / pēˈazə/ the veranda of a house.

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piazza public square XVI; (erron.) colonnade, covered ambulatory XVII; (U.S.) veranda XVIII. — It. piazza = F. place PLACE.