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 Go readers want to hear—some local color to accentuate the foreignness. Jennifer Wilson, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2022 Joseph wanted this home in Livingston Manor to feel steeped in the hamlet's local color. Raina Kattelson, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Oct. 2021 The American might have carried more prestige, but the local color writers were just as widely read, and their work stands as the postwar era’s most important form of short fiction. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 That sets him apart, at least, from the customary authors of similar screeds, visitors from outside parachuting in for a week or two to sponge up local color for their takes. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 Taken together, the aim is to combine excellence and local color. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Both exhibitions emphasize van Gogh as a lone, tortured genius rather than a figure of history, and both imply through their editing and exposition that his thick outlines and non-local color were a spontaneous outpouring of his soul. Jason Farago, New York Times, 9 June 2021 The flight includes scenes above Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore and, for local color, Bristol Motor Speedway. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 31 May 2021 Watching the film is such an intense experience that most of its flaws fall away and its red herrings serve only to enhance the local color. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 20 May 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

19 May 2022

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“Local color.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/local%20color. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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