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

Another local, an aunt of one of the children involved, shared the events on Twitter. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Sweet Moment with Blind Children During Their Visit to Birkenhead," 16 Jan. 2019 The master suite was built as an addition in 1958 to accommodate a children's playroom and later converted by local architect Chris Magee. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "You Can Live In A Frank Lloyd Wright Home For $695K," 16 Jan. 2019 In late 2017, Jeremiah Jeffries, the co-founder of a local teachers group called Teachers 4 Social Justice, sat her down and asked her to run for a seat on the school board. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 Most people living along its shores, especially men, probably spent a lot of time on the water, because fishing from boats was an important part of the local economy. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 The effect also relies on local politicians having a lot of influence over health care access. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Study: election reforms in Brazil might have saved children’s lives. Here’s how.," 3 Dec. 2018 That same year, another fateful event happened across the country, when a rising star in the Nazi party named Adolf Hitler suffered an embarrassing defeat in Munich as his Beer Hall Putch uprising was foiled by local authorities. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 In some places, the local authorities require young adults to complete an internet literacy course to receive welfare benefits, such as a monthly stipend. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 The ongoing project, carried out in partnership with the local Tepe community, the Venuart Group, and the Kuşadası municipality, is using more than 50,000 liters of Marshall paint to brighten the town (and the lives of its residents). Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "A Resort Town In Turkey Painted Homes To Look Like A Rainbow, And It's An Instagram Dream," 28 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By stitching together interviews with locals, quiet shots of the town and the stunning landscape that surrounds it, and footage of Bisbee’s preparations to reenact what happened, the film gently blows the dust of accumulated history off the past. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Unbeknownst to the rest of the town's locals, aliens are actually living among them and have even grown up in the town. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Roswell, New Mexico"," 12 Dec. 2018 The boost in agriculture has been welcomed by locals, who have also used the expanding high wetlands to water their herds of llama and alpaca. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Cannabis Lounges Lounge 8 Four 7 847 Howard St. Crowd: Sports fans (there’s usually a game, any game, blasting on the TV) and SoMa locals after work. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 What’s more, the tourism boom of recent years has overwhelmed cities like Kyoto, leading to a backlash from locals who don’t like fuller buses or loud visitors. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 And with locals residents in the winning cities having little to no say in these deals, grassroots action is poised to take off. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 subsidies are deeply unpopular, but far from uncommon," 14 Nov. 2018 While in the area, stop by Kounelas, close to the harbor, to eat what locals say is the best fish. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Bowman warned that locals should stay indoors during the storm if they haven’t been asked to evacuate. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Florence could sweep venomous snakes into floodwaters," 15 Sep. 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
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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