Origin of playaSp, literally , beach from Provençal from Vulgar Latin plagia, coast, side from or akin to Gr, sides from plagos, side from Indo-European an unverified form pl?g-, flat from base an unverified form pl?- from source plain
Origin of playaSpanish from Late Latin plagia hillside, shoreline probably from Greek sides from neuter pl. of plagios oblique, sideways ; see plagio- .
- (geology, US) a level spot temporarily covered with water which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation; an alkali flat or salt pan.
From Spanish playa (“beach").