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reserve, noun

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Also with initial capital.
Origin:
U.S. EnglishShow more Probably U.S. English, ‘land set aside for North American Indian groups’ (later reservation).
obs. except in historical contexts
(An extensive area of) land set aside for occupation by black people under largely rural conditions; location sense 2; Native area, see Native noun sense 1 c; scheduled area, see scheduled. Formerly often in the offensive phrase Native reserve. Also frequently the reserves, used collectively. See also homeland sense 1, Trust.
Note:
Although laws placing racially-based restrictions on land occupation have been repealed, the areas once so restricted are still referred to by some as ‘reserves’.
1851 Godlonton & Irving Narr. of Kaffir War of 1850–51 232They fell upon two Fingo kraals in the ‘Reserve’..and completely destroyed them.
1990 R. Stengel January Sun 27Homeland is the term used by the government for what was once known as ‘reserves’ and ‘Bantustans’, supposedly sovereign countries which were created to accommodate all black South Africans and remove them from white urban areas.
(An extensive area of) land set aside for occupation by black people under largely rural conditions; location2; Native area, see Nativenoun1 c; scheduled area, see scheduled. Formerly often in the offensive phrase Native reserve. Also frequently the reserves, used collectively. See also homeland1, Trust.

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