lo·​cale | \ lō-ˈkal How to pronounce locale (audio) \

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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Kids, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins joyfully taking group selfies in distant locales, gossiping on the beach, or gathering for a boisterous group dinner. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "The martyr. The mooch. The whiner. On family vacations, everyone has a role to play," 7 June 2019 Now, in a twist on the trend, food halls are opening in locales well outside those two boroughs, including in the suburbs. ... Charles Passy, WSJ, "New York City’s Food Hall Trend Migrates to the Suburbs and Beyond," 19 Mar. 2019 The Beach Bum has Matthew McConaughey playing a perpetually high dude who hangs out with a colorful cast of characters in tropical locales while making a complete mess of things. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: She-Ra, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and more," 15 Sep. 2018 Even today, the swimsuit is the center of debate in some Western locales; Barcelona banned wearing a bikini on the streets in 2011. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "A scandalous, two-piece history of the bikini," 6 July 2018 The storm entered the Gulf of Mexico on June 5, 2001 and the sun didn't shine in Houston for days, at which point the Texas heat and the stagnant flood waters combined for a hostile humidity usually found in much more exotic locales. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Remembering when Tropical Storm Allison flooded Houston," 11 June 2018 The results suggest that the Chinese giant salamander, which was thought to be one species, may actually be comprised of at least five distinct lineages that developed independently in isolated locales over millions of years. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "The Adorable Chinese Giant Salamander Is Slithering Toward Extinction," 21 May 2018 But there’s a wrinkle in the potential fallout from higher gas taxes in California, where prices are already topping $4 per gallon in some locales. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Will California Voters Blame High Gas Prices on Democrats or on Trump?," 10 May 2018 Never mind that the Napa locales on these would-be travelers’ itineraries may be hours distant from wineries in sprawling Sonoma. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Smart Traveler’s Guide to Sonoma Wine Country," 26 Apr. 2019

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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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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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