place

{{11}}place (n.) c.1200, "space, dimensional extent, room, area," from O.Fr. place and directly from M.L. placea "place, spot," from L. platea "courtyard, open space, broad street," from Gk. plateia (hodos) "broad (way)," fem. of platys "broad," from PIE *plat- "to spread" (Cf. Skt. prathati "spreads out;" Hitt. palhi "broad;" Lith. platus "broad;" Ger. Fladen "flat cake;" O.Ir. lethan "broad"); extended variant form of root *pele- (see PLANE (Cf. plane) (n.1)).
Replaced O.E. stow and stede. From mid-13c. as "particular part of space, definite location, spot, site;" from early 14c. as "position or place occupied by custom, etc.;" from late 14c. as "inhabited place, town, country," also "place on the surface of something, portion of something, part" and "social position, status;" also, office, post." Wide application in English covers meanings that in French require three words: place, lieu, and endroit. Cognate It. piazza and Sp. plaza retain more of the etymological sense.
Broad sense of "material space, dimension of defined or indefinite extent" is from mid-13c. Sense of "position on some social scale" is from early 14c. Meaning "group of houses in a town" is from 1580s. Place-kick is from 1845, originally in rugby. All over the place "in disorder" is attested from 1923.
{{12}}place (v.) mid-15c., "to determine the position of;" also "to put (something somewhere)," from PLACE (Cf. place) (n.). In the horse racing sense of "to achieve a certain position" (usually in the top three finishers; in U.S., specifically second place) it is first attested 1924, from earlier meaning "to state the position of" (among the first three finishers), 1826. Related: Placed; placing. To take place "to happen, be accomplished" (mid-15c., earlier have place, late 14c.), translates Fr. avoir lieu.

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  • place — [ plas ] n. f. • 1080 « endroit »; lat. pop. °plattea, class. platea I ♦ 1 ♦ (1370; h. XIIe) Lieu public, espace découvert, généralement entouré de constructions. ⇒ esplanade, rond point; piazza. Petite place. ⇒ placette. Place d une ville… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • placé — place [ plas ] n. f. • 1080 « endroit »; lat. pop. °plattea, class. platea I ♦ 1 ♦ (1370; h. XIIe) Lieu public, espace découvert, généralement entouré de constructions. ⇒ esplanade, rond point; piazza. Petite place. ⇒ placette. Place d une ville… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • place — PLACE. s. f. Lieu, espace qu occupe ou peut occuper une personne, une chose. La place est remplie. la place est vuide. mettre chaque chose à sa place. en sa place. laisser la place libre. changer des livres, des meubles de place. il change de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Place — (pl[=a]s), n. [F., fr. L. platea a street, an area, a courtyard, from Gr. platei^a a street, properly fem. of platy s, flat, broad; akin to Skr. p[.r]thu, Lith. platus. Cf. {Flawn}, {Piazza}, {Plate}, {Plaza}.] 1. Any portion of space regarded as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • place — Place, f. penac. Est un lieu subdial et à descouvert sans bastimens, et se prend tantost pour le rez de chaussée, Solum. Comme quand on dit, Il n y a que la place, Solum nudum, et sine superficie. Nuda area. Et tantost pour le lieu destiné au… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • placé — placé, ée (pla sé, sée) part. passé de placer. 1°   Mis dans un certain lieu, dans une certaine place. •   Placé loin de vos yeux, j étais vers le rivage Où nos fiers ennemis osaient nous résister, VOLT. Tancr. V, 1. •   Les yeux placés comme… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • place — [plās] n. [OFr < L platea, a broad street (in LL, an open space) < Gr plateia, a street < platys, broad: see PLATY ] 1. a square or court in a city 2. a short street, often closed at one end 3. space; room 4. a particular area or… …   English World dictionary

  • place — ► NOUN 1) a particular position or location. 2) a portion of space occupied by or set aside for someone or something. 3) a vacancy or available position. 4) a position in a sequence or hierarchy. 5) the position of a figure in a series indicated… …   English terms dictionary

  • Place — Place, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Placed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Placing}.] [Cf. F. placer. See {Place}, n.] 1. To assign a place to; to put in a particular spot or place, or in a certain relative position; to direct to a particular place; to fix; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Place — ist der Name folgender Personen: Francis Place (1771−1854), englischer radikaler Sozialreformer und Chartist Mary Kay Place (* 1947), US amerikanische Schauspielerin und Sängerin Ullin Place (1924–2000), britischer Philosoph und Psychologe Victor …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • place — n Place, position, location, situation, site, spot, station are comparable when they mean the point or portion of space occupied by or chosen for a thing. Place, the most general of these terms, carries as its basic implication the idea of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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