Braak, noun

Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch braak fallow, braakland fallow land.
The Braak: A public square in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, formerly a military parade and fair ground, and now a proclaimed historical monument.
1861 P.B. Borcherds Auto-Biog. Mem. 26These bodies of cavalry used to exercise annually in the village, on the ‘Braak’, now Queen’s-square.
1978 Reader’s Digest Illust. Guide to Sn Afr. 54Today’s Stellenbosch is perhaps even more beautiful than when the governor first founded it. He never saw the oak trees in their maturity, or the main thoroughfare..lined with houses.., or the town square, the Braak, with its arsenal, parades, quaint houses, inns and churches.
A public square in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, formerly a military parade and fair ground, and now a proclaimed historical monument.

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