local

adjective
lo·cal | \ ˈlō-kəl \

Definition of local 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : characterized by or relating to position in space : having a definite spatial form or location

2a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular place : not general or widespread

b : of, relating to, or applicable to part of a whole

3a : primarily serving the needs of a particular limited district

b of a public conveyance : making all the stops on a route

4 : involving or affecting only a restricted part of the organism : topical a local anesthetic

5 : of or relating to telephone communication within a specified area

local

noun

Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

: a local person or thing: such as

a : a local public conveyance (such as a train or an elevator)

b : a local or particular branch, lodge, or chapter of an organization (such as a labor union)

c British : a nearby or neighborhood pub

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Synonyms for local

Synonyms: Noun

native, townie (or towny)

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Examples of local in a Sentence

Adjective

We had dinner at a local restaurant. The police have arrested a local man for the crime. This is a local shop for local people: we don't get many outsiders here. She took the local bus.

Noun

He's the president of the union local at the factory. the truck drivers are members of Local 349 of the Teamsters' Union
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

After being optioned back to the Sky Sox on Thursday, Orf remained here and basically was a tourist, seeing the local sites with girlfriend Ashley Estrada. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers place Thames, Guerra on DL, activate Suter, recall Orf and Wilkerson from minors," 14 July 2018 The federal effort has been hampered by the fact that elections are controlled at the state and local levels. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, "‘Warning Lights Are Blinking Red,’ Top Intelligence Officer Says of Russian Attacks," 13 July 2018 The department was among more than 150 other state and local law enforcement agencies participating the campaign. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 13 July 2018 State and local courts have shot the case down, but Khosla is now petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the matter. SFChronicle.com, "5 hidden beaches around Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 The female momentum comes after Mexico changed its constitution in 2014, requiring political parties to field male and female candidates in equal numbers at the federal, state and local levels. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Women Test Mexico’s ‘Macho’ Political Culture With Big Electoral Gains," 12 July 2018 That means the local travel market is strengthening, with increasing demand from people who live in Charlotte. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 State and local law enforcement have stated that these incidents are a clear indication of driver inattention. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Driving in Atlanta is painful — but it’s far from the worst," 11 July 2018 In May, state and local agencies searched a Miamisburg Road property for evidence in Coe’s case. Cincinnati.com, "FBI joins search in park in connection to Chelsey Coe missing person case," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The stadium, which locals joke resembles an air filter from an old Lada car, is surrounded by water from two sides. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 The beach, which is accessible only by walking down Gate Rd. off Highway 1 south of Lobitos, had been open to surfers and locals for generations and was prized for its dagger-like rock arch and dramatic cliffs. SFChronicle.com, "5 hidden beaches around Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 While many in the community sympathize with the Hammonds, most locals wanted the Bundys out. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "Trump’s Pardon Condones Western Rebellion," 12 July 2018 The city has tried to cope with the crowds by closing some streets to all but locals on weekends and running buses to nearby Griffith Observatory. Gerry Smith And Christopher Palmeri, BostonGlobe.com, "Traffic-snarling selfies spur plan for tram to Hollywood sign," 11 July 2018 Rest assured, locals endorse the experience as an authentic, unmissable part of any trip to Dublin. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Perfect Weekend Away in Dublin," 11 July 2018 And since so many locals had a newfound fear of the sea and its unpredictability after the earthquake, these piers, so close to shore, seemed a safer alternative to boats. David Farley, WSJ, "Where to Feast on Italy’s Freshest Seafood? These Historic Piers," 10 July 2018 The name is so unwieldy most locals use Paris for short. Washington Post, "Paris, Russia, to turn French for World Cup semifinals," 10 July 2018 When Community Cafe opened near Raleigh last year, locals in the small town welcomed the new restaurant with open arms. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "This cafe serves food bought with rehab participants’ food stamps," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of local

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for local

Adjective

Middle English localle, from Late Latin localis, from Latin locus place — more at stall

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Phrases Related to local

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local

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or occurring in a particular area, city, or town

: located or living nearby

of a bus or train : making all the stops on a route

local

noun

English Language Learners Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who lives in a particular area, city, or town : a local person

: a train or bus that makes all of the stops along its route

: a local part of a labor union

local

adjective
lo·cal | \ ˈlō-kəl \

Kids Definition of local

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, in, or relating to a particular place local kids local business local news

Other words from local

locally adverb

local

noun

Kids Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a public vehicle (as a bus or train) that makes all or most stops on its run

2 : a branch (as of a lodge or labor union) in a particular place

local

adjective
lo·cal | \ ˈlō-kəl \

Medical Definition of local 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: involving or affecting only a restricted part of the organism local inflammation — compare systemic sense a

Other words from local

locally \-kə-lē \ adverb

local

noun

Medical Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

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local

noun
lo·cal

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