local color


Definition of local color

: the presentation of the features and peculiarities of a particular locality and its inhabitants in writing

Examples of local color in a Sentence

a writer who uses local color in his stories
Recent Examples on the Web Williams renders local color and characters with consummate craft, embroidering the full range of village life with flashes of hilarity. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Explore the beautiful villages of Apeiranthos and Halki and enjoy the local color of these villages. Petros G. Zissimos, Travel + Leisure, "A Perfect 14-day Itinerary to the Greek Islands From a T+L Travel Expert," 6 Nov. 2020 But what begins as a local color documentary switches gears midway through and becomes a process documentary. Jeb Lund, The New Republic, "How to Steal an Election," 26 Oct. 2020 Twitter feed took a stab at local color and hipness by mentioning Karl the Fog, some San Franciscans were deeply offended. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Cool, gray city of golf: Harding Park, SF put on a show for PGA Championship," 8 Aug. 2020 On the left, low-slung buildings — some flashing bright local color — cast long shadows, implying a light source and, since that source is obviously the sun, a time of day. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "There may be no more beautiful painting of California than this 1963 work by Richard Diebenkorn," 7 July 2020 Hair color appointments also resume at Madison Reed's other local color bars in Katy and The Woodlands where service had been limited to curbside pickup. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: Salata, Madison Reed, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Northern Tool ink new leases," 5 June 2020 Throughout their range, which is primarily northern coastal waters of North America, Greenland, Iceland, and Russia, they are referred to by local color in a variety of endearing terms. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Now’s the time to catch a glimpse of stunning harlequin ducks," 31 May 2020 Visitors should also take time to stroll the city’s malecón, or seafront promenade, for a dash of local color. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why you should put the Dominican Republic back on your vacation shortlist," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of local color

1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of local color was in 1829

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19 Jan 2021

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“Local color.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/local%20color. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of local color

: interesting information about a particular place and about the people who live there that is included in a story, movie, etc.

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