local

adjective
lo·​cal | \ ˈlō-kəl How to pronounce local (audio) \

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

affiliate, branch, cell, chapter, council

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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

Part of the proceeds from the spring market will benefit two local nonprofits, Hudson Valley Seed and Newburgh Urban Farm & Food. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "This Hudson Valley Craft Market Will Jumpstart Your Garden," 9 May 2019 But for fans taking a pilgrimage to see Wright’s masterpiece, another local site offers a more all-encompassing architectural experience. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A Frank Lloyd Wright resort in Pennsylvania adds a new home," 3 May 2019 Hit up your local thrift store to snag vintage materials, like ornate bowls and plates to create this makeup holder for cheap. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "11 DIY Mother's Day Gifts That Will Make Her Feel All *Sparkly* Inside," 4 Apr. 2019 Another local told The Sun that the two even flew in family and staff. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "5 Signs Taylor Swift Is Definitely Engaged To Joe Alwyn," 29 Apr. 2019 This kind of bullying is far from a local, or even regional, problem. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Drag Brunch Honored Nigel Shelby, Raising Awareness About the Impact of Homophobic Bullying," 24 Apr. 2019 Plus, towns from Hudson to Catskill to Kingston offer a slew of great dining options (often featuring local, farm-to-table ingredients) and some of the country's best antique and vintage shopping. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 Launches had become so routine that none of the three network television stations broadcast Challenger live—only CNN and a few local stations. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 Few if any cities value local culture as much as New Orleans, but even the Crescent City has to navigate modern realities of change. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course," 23 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the hallway bulletin board are pinned pictures of community events, the Carters beaming with locals. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Jimmy Carter for Higher Office," 26 June 2018 Their last appointment is set to be a lunch at Chester Town Hall with locals brought together by the council. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "The Duchess and the Queen! Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Step Out Together for First Time," 14 June 2018 There have been fireworks over Red Square, and nearby Nikolskaya Street has been a hub of song and color, with locals singing alongside supporters from Mexico, Peru, Colombia and others. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Russia's World Cup Opener Alters Its Narrative, Changes Its Outlook, Pleases Putin," 14 June 2018 Nearby beaches and other prime viewing spots were packed with tourists and locals eager to catch not just the launch but the rare and dramatic return of twin boosters, accompanied by sonic booms. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters," 14 Apr. 2019 Netflix Before the disastrous Fyre Festival scam, Maryann Rolle was a Bahamian woman who owned a local restaurant and sought to provide good food for locals and tourists. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Woman Who Became the Hero of Fyre Festival," 18 Jan. 2019 For years, Rome, like many major European cities, has struggled with overtourism and bad behavior on the parts of both locals and tourists. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome Cracking Down on Street Drinking, Bad Tourist Behavior With New Laws," 28 Nov. 2018 Efforts include guarding against the turtles' main predator — foxes — and passing crucial legislation in 1989 that allowed conservationists to protect two key beaches in the island's west and northwest, keeping curious locals and tourists at bay. Petros Karadjias And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus," 16 Aug. 2018 While filming for the show's latest season was underway, the mayor of Kansas City, Sly James, took to Twitter to encourage people to nominate locals for the Netflix hit. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Exactly How To Nominate Someone For "Queer Eye"," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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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
US : a local part of a labor union

local

adjective
lo·​cal | \ ˈlō-kəl How to pronounce local (audio) \

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 How to pronounce local (audio) \

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 How to pronounce locally (audio) \ adverb

local

noun

Medical Definition of local (Entry 2 of 2)

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local

noun
lo·​cal

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