place, noun1

Origin:
Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Calque formed on Dutch plaats (later Afrikaans plaas) farm.
?obsolete
1. A farm; plaas sense 1 a.
1809 R. Collins in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1900) VII. 12The stream called the Rugte Vallei is the supposed boundary between Hendrik Barnard’s two places.
1809 R. Collins in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1900) VII. 20A possibility of making a shorter and better road between the place of Stephanus Ferreira and the drostdy of Uitenhage than that which goes by the place of Petersen.
1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. I. 18We halted at..the Government Place upon the Strand. [Note] Place, as thus used, signifies every spot cultivated and inhabited, or capable of being so.
1816 J. Mackrill Diary. 123My Route was thro’ the Tarka wherein I found many very pretty places & capable of elegant Improvements. Almost every farm is supplied with its own fountain of the purest water.
1823 W.W. Bird State of Cape of G.H. 101They are the proprietors of the farms, or places as they call them.
1827 Reports of Commissioners upon Finances at Cape of G.H. II. 77The church-rate..consists of..6s. 6d. sterling per annum on farms or ‘places’ in the district.
1833 Graham’s Town Jrnl 28 Feb. 3Many of them never work their places, they ride every day to Graham’s Town to tell and write bad things of the Hottentots.
1843 Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register 345Voorste Bosjesveld..contains 17 places or farms, of which some are divided into smaller farms.
1860 J. Sanderson in Jrnl of Royal Geog. Soc. XXX. 237The path lay along the course of Liebenberg’s Vley until I reached a farm or ‘place’ called Pretorius’s Kloof.
1872 Y. in Cape Monthly Mag. V. Sept. 183When night came, far from any ‘place,’ he would be thankful for the comfort of a ‘kaross’.
1899 S. Erasmus Prinsloo 74A young Jewish smoucher broke his leg by falling down a shaft on Piet’s place, and had to lie up at the farm for many weeks till the limb was well.
1908 F.C. Slater Sunburnt South 139He had recently met me at a neighbouring farm and, finding in me an attentive and admiring auditor, had cordially invited me to visit his ‘place’.
1929 W.M. Macmillan Bantu, Boer & Briton 200 (Swart)A great number of the places they deserted are now used as cattle places by proprietors who do not reside upon them but leave them and their cattle in charge of freedmen, Bechuanas and Bushmen.
1931 F.C. Slater Secret Veld 219He had recently met me at a neighbouring farm, and, finding in me an attentive and admiring auditor, had cordially invited me to visit his ‘place’.
1958 A. Jackson Trader on Veld 49Since our place covered 12,000 morgen — about 26,000 acres — we were able to farm on a large scale.
2. With distinguishing epithet (see quotations):
cattle place obsolete [translation of Dutch veeplaas];
full place obsolete;
half place obsolete;
loan place, see loan;
request place obsolete, see request sense 2;
tuin place obsolete [Dutch tuin garden], a fruit farm.
1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. I. 18The estate of Mr. Kirsten, as well as several other neighbouring possessions, abounds with excellent pasture for horned cattle: they are for this reason distinguished by the appellation of cattle places.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 248This place is a permanent residence, and consequently possesses a better house than the temporary cattle-places we had hitherto seen in the Karro.
1827 W. Shaw Diary.Preached morning and afternoon at our Cattle place, there was good attendance.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 65The farms here, and indeed throughout all the frontier districts except Albany, are of the average extent of 6000 acres; this large extent only being considered a full place.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 102The great ambition which the African colonists have to see all their children settled upon ‘full places,’ that is, farms of 6000 English acres in extent.
1809 R. Collins in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1900) VII. 13It is generally considered as a half place, for which reason it has not hitherto been granted in loan.
a1823 J. Ewart Jrnl (1970) 78The different farms in the Piquet berg are what the Boors call tuin places or garden farms, their principal produce consisting in fruit.
A farm; plaas1 a.

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