One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A farm, a homestead. In later use also (mildly depreciative): (with the) a farming area, regarded as unsophisticated or unworldly.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Pringle (1789–1834), poet, journalist, and philanthropist. FromSouth African Dutch plaas (Afrikaans plaas), Dutch plaats farm, place, square: see place.
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