flat

\ \ [14] The Old English word for ‘flat’ was efeneven’, and flat was not acquired until Middle English times, from Old Norse flatr. This came from a prehistoric Germanic *flataz, source also of German plattflat’. And *flataz probably goes back to an Indo-European *pelə -, *plā-, denoting ‘spread out flat’, from which came Sanskrit prthūsbroad’, Greek platūsbroad’ (source of English place, plaice, plane [the tree], and platypus), Latin plānusflat’ (whence English plane and plainunadorned’), and also English place, plaice, plant, and flan. Flatsingle-storey dwelling’ [19] is ultimately the same word, but it has a more circuitous history.
\ \ It is an alteration (inspired no doubt by the adjective flat) of a now obsolete Scottish word fletinterior of a house’, which came from a prehistoric Germanic *flatjamflat surface, floor’, a derivative of the same source (*flataz) as produced the adjective.
\ \ Cf.FLAN, FLATTER, FLOOR, PLACE, PLAICE, PLANE, PLATYPUS

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