lo·cale | \ lō-ˈkal \

Definition of locale 

1 : a place or locality especially when viewed in relation to a particular event or characteristic chose a tropical island as the locale for their wedding

2 : site, scene the locale of a story

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Examples of locale in a Sentence

They chose a tropical island as the locale for their wedding. the locale of the story

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Their activities, including some arrests and litigation, have been chronicled in San Antonio, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Galveston, Austin, Round Rock, Dallas, Bridgeport and Decatur, among others locales. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Courting arrest for online clicks and the First Amendment," 9 July 2018 This year, the films take place in locales where the painter Frederic Church traveled. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Friday Nights 'Under The Stars': Classic Films At Wadsworth Atheneum," 7 July 2018 The lesser-talked about locale in wine country, Healdsburg is having a hot streak with an array of impressive new restaurants taking the food scene by storm. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "A Tiny Town Neighboring Napa Is the Next California Culinary Destination," 5 July 2018 What’s curious is that the smaller rifts near specific locales appear to be changing the things around them. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite’s new rifts are slowly consuming the map," 2 July 2018 The 10 shootings took place across the state, in both urban and rural locales. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Training, mental health, growth behind Idaho's spike in police shootings, says expert," 2 July 2018 And so far, the Democratic establishment is riding high in these locales, getting the more moderate candidates the DCCC believes it needs to win in the fall in districts such as Colorado 6, where the establishment choice won on Tuesday. NBC News, "Bernie Sanders-backed nominees score wins, but in longshot races," 1 July 2018 Each honey displays unique terroir, drawing influences from different flowers and locales. Josh Lurie, Los Angeles Magazine, "Honey Made by Bees in Different Parts of L.A. All Tastes Wonderfully Different," 25 June 2018 The list sweeps locales from Hawaii to New York City, with a slew of incredible spots in the South. Southern Living, "OpenTable Reveals the Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of locale

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for locale

modification of French local, from local, adjective

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The first known use of locale was in 1761

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English Language Learners Definition of locale

: the place where something happens : the place where a story happens in a movie, book, etc.

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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