He paused, then added quietly: “Such an unplaced personality had best touch other lives as lightly as it can.”
The Abbot is a sensation in literary matters at Columbia, but unplaced.
The other fifteen were to be unplaced noblemen and gentlemen of ample fortune and high character.
Conterminous with the Caribs, Salivi, and other unplaced tribes.
A door was opened in one of the unplaced cages and the little bears pushed out into a new world.
I felt at first out of focus, unplaced, and only gradually coming into view.
“Compassion on such an occasion was unplaced,” said the dean.
Yet in his own world these two would be as unplaced as gypsies strayed from their dilapidated caravan.
All day long he had tried to stifle the cry of that same famine, that same hunger of unplaced energy, by industrious work.
c.1200, "space, dimensional extent, room, area," from Old French place "place, spot" (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin placea "place, spot," from Latin platea "courtyard, open space; broad way, avenue," from Greek plateia (hodos) "broad (way)," fem. of platys "broad" (see plaice).
Replaced Old English stow and stede. From mid-13c. as "particular part of space, extent, definite location, spot, site;" from early 14c. as "position or place occupied by custom, etc.; position on some social scale;" from late 14c. as "inhabited place, town, country," also "place on the surface of something, portion of something, part," also, "office, post." Meaning "group of houses in a town" is from 1580s.
Also from the same Latin source are Italian piazza, Catalan plassa, Spanish plaza, Middle Dutch plaetse, Dutch plaats, German Platz, Danish plads, Norwegian plass. Wide application in English covers meanings that in French require three words: place, lieu, and endroit. Cognate Italian piazza and Spanish plaza retain more of the etymological sense.
To take place "happen" is from mid-15c. To know (one's) place is from c.1600; hence figurative expression put (someone) in his or her place (1855). Place of worship attested from 1689, originally in official papers and in reference to assemblies of dissenters from the Church of England. All over the place "in disorder" is attested from 1923.
mid-15c., "to determine the position of;" also "to put (something somewhere)," from 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 French avoir lieu.