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

localite, native, townie (or towny), year-rounder

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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

Buy, sell, or give away home items in your local community right within the veteran social network. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best apps and sites for selling used home goods," 8 Nov. 2018 Then, EcoHealth team members went out to these areas, testing local residents and wildlife for disease to confirm their model’s accuracy. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 More money would be spent on programs, including scholarships, that involve the local community. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Hawaiian Supreme Court gives go-ahead to giant telescope," 1 Nov. 2018 There, the local communities harvest ultra-fine, soft cashmere from one-year-old kid goats (capra hircus), an incredibly rare fiber. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "How Loro Piana Works With Mongolian Goat Herds to Gather the World's Softest Cashmere," 25 Oct. 2018 The campus offers facilities to the local community, including a library, a theater and a dance studio. Fox News, "George and Amal Clooney join the list of A-list royal wedding no-shows," 12 Oct. 2018 The 3rd House Communication, transportation, and local community are all governed by the third house. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 Also look for local hiking MeetUps or Facebook groups who take on new backpackers or can recommend good trails for beginners. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How to Choose a Trip for Your First Backpacking Experience," 11 Nov. 2018 Soon, the company had 20 million users in the country — despite the fact that, due to peculiarities of the local language and Unicode, its non-Burmese speaking moderators had very little insight into what was happening on the platform. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Short-Term Rental Sites Rental juggernaut Airbnb (along with other short-term rental sites) allows travelers to rent rooms and apartments directly from locals, often providing more value than a cookie-cutter hotel. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Book smart when looking for lodging in Europe," 25 Sep. 2018 Having officially rebranded and re-opened this fall, the nhow Marseille at Palm Beach was once a popular spot among locals, famed for the freshwater of the Roucas Blanc spring that runs through the building. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "At the Nhow Marseille Hotel in France, Italian Furniture and Local Grit Lead the Design," 22 Oct. 2018 Miguel, another California local who grew up in San Pedro, delivered a tight set of his biggest hits from the last few years. Eric Diep, Billboard, "Erykah Badu, Miguel & More Bring Back the Spirit of Smokin' Grooves in Long Beach," 17 June 2018 Today, most Careem and Uber drivers are Saudi locals. Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, "‘This Is Happening!’ Riders Hail Saudi Arabia’s First Female Professional Drivers," 10 July 2018 The farm to table concept provides locals the opportunity to taste healthy dishes made from all Texas ingredients. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Herb & Beet provides quick service, healthy selections," 6 July 2018 New high-rise developments and a revamped Chicago Riverwalk are drawing visitors and locals alike to the riverfront, a source of recreational opportunities, seasonal jobs, and sales and amusement tax revenue. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "Architecture tours lead the way in bringing visitors to increasingly crowded Chicago River," 5 July 2018 Yet city officials have done a far more thorough job of clamping down on the business than most locals expected. The Economist, "In China, sex work is being pushed back into the shadows," 5 July 2018 But a large metal object that appeared at Corolla has locals stumped, leading to all kinds of wild speculation. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Aliens? Russians? Who owns the mysterious object that washed up on NC Outer Banks?," 25 June 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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The first known use of local was in the 15th century

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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

Legal Definition of local 

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