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Etymology of place

Posted by Johannes on 20 May 2009

Etymology of place

The word place (open space in a city, square, area, location) comes from the old French place from the late Latin placea (place, spot) from the Latin platea (courtyard, open space, broad street), which is a transliteration of the Greek plateia (open space in a city, square) from the Greek adjective plateia (broad, wide; πλατεία).
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From the same root
Eglish: flat, piazza, platform, esplanade, plain, explain, plaice, plane (-tree) and most likely placard
French: place, platee, placer, placier, placeur, de-placer,
Italian: piazza, spianata, platea, piazzista, plateare, placel
Spanish: plaza, esplanade, platea, placer
German: Platz
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In modern Greek (Romeika)
a) platia: square, open space in a city [πλατεία]
b) platys (fem. platia): broad, wide [πλατύς]
c) plateno: widen, broaden [πλαταίνω]
d) platanos: plane(-tree), platanus [πλάτανος]
e) piatsa: public square, piazza [πιάτσα]
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Η λέξη place (πλατεία, ανοικτός χώρος σε μιά πόλη, τόπος, περιοχή) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό placea (τόπος) από το platea (αυλή, ευρύς δρόμος, πλατεία), το οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού πλατεία από το επίθετος πλατύς (-τεία).
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