The word plot has no known origin and exists solely in English. The noun dates from the late 10th or early 11th century and originally meant â€śa small piece of land or area of ground.â€ť Plot in the sense â€śa small piece of land in a cemeteryâ€ť was originally an Americanism and dates from the mid-19th century.
In the mid-16th century, plot was used to refer to a map, ground plan, sketch, or written outline. At about the same time, it also came to mean â€śa secret, usually evil planâ€ť; the verb meaning â€śto plan secretly, deviseâ€ť comes from that sense of the noun. Plot in the sense â€śa storyline or main story of a play or novelâ€ť dates from the early 17th century.
Source : Dictionary.com
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