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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ After three hours of dirt road and a dusty playa, we reach the beach.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Playa \Pla"ya\, n. [Sp.] A beach; a strand; in the plains and deserts of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, a broad, level spot, on which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation.


Etymology 1 n. (context geology US English) a level spot temporarily covered with water which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation; an alkali flat or salt pan. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context AAVE slang English) dude (gloss: an informal term of address or general term to describe a person, typically male) 2 (context AAVE slang English) player (gloss someone who play the field plays the field, or has prowess in gaining romantic and sexual relationships)

Playa (band)

Playa is an American R&B- hip-hop group. The original lineup consisted of Jawaan "Smoke" Peacock, Benjamin "Black" Bush and Stephen "Static Major" Garrett. Playa is best known for their 1998 hit album, Cheers 2 U, produced by longtime collaborator Timbaland. Static was notable for being a successful songwriter of hit singles and album tracks for artists such as Ginuwine, Aaliyah, Truth Hurts, Lil Wayne and Brandy.


Playa (plural playas) may refer to:

Playa (Ponce)

Barrio Playa, also known as Playa de Ponce, Ponce Playa, or La Playa, is one of the thirty-one barrios that comprise the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Along with Bucaná, Canas, Vayas, and Capitanejo, Playa is one of the municipality's five coastal barrios. Barrio Playa also incorporates several islands, the largest of which is Caja de Muertos. It was founded in 1831.

Usage examples of "playa".

I was fighting sleep and nearly missed the article in a three-year-old issue of the Resort Journal elicited by yet another try at Playa del Sol.

The article recounted several real estate deals gone sour, among them a construction project down in Baja named Playa del Sol: high-end condos peddled to American retirees lured by American-style luxury living at Mexican prices.

The Playa del Sol Company, Ltd, incorporated in the Cayman Islands, dissolved itself and its American subsidiary, Playa Enterprises, declared Chapter 11.

None mentioned the Mexican debacle, Playa Enterprises, or the Playa del Sol Company, Ltd.

And in the case of the Larners, the association would be even more hazardous - they were outright hustlers tainted by the Playa del Sol debacle.

Now tell me why you ripped off my car and put on that show at the hot dog stand and rented a post-office box under Playa del Sol and were snooping around my house today.

The playa is low to the water so that a flood would easily cover it, but it is pebbly and firm-looking.

Supplies in the tree house should be sufficient for two weeks to cover possible loss of the playa by flood or siege, the two rougher possibilities to be faced.

They set to work clearing debris from the playa while I got the plane into position for take-off just as I had done last time--same deal: cut over the water, and then up and out.

She saw them, two figures walking briskly up the path from Playa del Mar and, worse, two figures on the other hex walking from the north, from the direction of Matagorda and Puesta del Sol.

We had drinks at Puerta del Sol, and I was going to take him to the sushi bar at the Playa del Mar Marriott.

Here she was, a vain and foolish little girl who had lost her virginity to a notorious playa at a formal, and the playa, in classic playa form, had let the world in on it.

We stared at each other for a long moment, and I knew he had started paying me back for Playa Azul.

In the playa a windmill stood beside a circle of what seemed to be a water tank.

He pointed in the direction of the playa where Chee had seen the windmill.