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

Not much local color there, but travelers themselves often fascinated me. New York Times, "The Frugal Five," 27 June 2018 Authorities hope Cossacks will protect fans while adding local color. Washington Post, "Cossacks under scrutiny as they prepare to guard World Cup," 8 June 2018 For maximum local color, arrange to visit on a market day. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "‘Magical Towns’: Authentic Mexico off the beaten path," 17 Oct. 2017 The Welcome to Venice graffiti is a nice splash of local color. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of local color

1829, in the meaning defined above

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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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