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.
1934 Friend 9 Feb. (Swart)Braak,..The historical square in Stellenbosch. A unique event was the firing of a royal salute of twenty-one guns from the famous signal cannon of the Braak.
1957 L.G. Green Beyond City Lights 197One open space which Stellenbosch has preserved since the early days is the Braak (the ‘fallow land’) where the old cavalry manouevred.
1959 A. Gordon-Brown Yr Bk & Guide to Sn Afr. 1960 375In the centre of the town is a large grass-grown square known as the Braak — set aside in 1703 as a military parade ground, and in the early days the scene of the annual village fair.
1974 E. Prov. Herald 13 Sept. 14The Braak in Stellenbosch..was proclaimed as a square with all the surrounding facades, even if some of these were not old.
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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