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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Amazon’s move to have three instead of two headquarters reflects the difficulty in finding huge amounts of housing, office space and, most importantly, tech labor in any one locale, according to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reports. Rani Molla, Recode, "How Amazon’s proposed HQ2 and HQ3 locations compare with Seattle and the U.S. overall," 6 Nov. 2018 The intergovernmental organization and public research university has locations in over a dozen Oceanian countries, but the Fijian campus in Suva is its central locale. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Beachy Pink Dress on Her Second Day in Fiji," 23 Oct. 2018 There is the same precise attention to visual detail, yes, and a similar immersion in locale—in this case, fin de siècle Paris. WSJ, "‘Colette’ Review: Literary History With a Modern Flavor," 20 Sep. 2018 In the lead up to the duo’s Spring 2019 show, the designers invited us into their place to talk casting, clothing (well, kind of), and their new Brooklyn locale. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Friends, Fashion, and a Bit of Magic: The Making of Eckhaus Latta’s Spring 2019 Show," 9 Sep. 2018 The two-on-one generally involves the season's villain and usually takes place in a remote locale, to make the departing contestant look all the more pathetic. Lisa Bonos, chicagotribune.com, "On 'The Bachelorette,' Jordan the villain goes home but insecure Chris gets to stay," 26 June 2018 The investment that returned volunteers have in the Peace Corps is indeed intense, and perhaps expected, given the often life-transforming experience of their service, usually at a young age and in an exotic locale. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "From Tunisia to Baltimore to Washington, new Peace Corps director at home in the world," 5 May 2018 Darvish, last seen in this locale in the second inning of Game 7 of the World Series, did not win any of first four starts for the Cubs. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Three up, three down: Angels' 2009 draftees have big week; Mets' Dark Knight has dark days," 28 Apr. 2018 Organizers of Ink magazine's eighth annual Middle of the Map Fest have announced the 2018 lineup, and much of it will take place in a new locale. Timothy Finn, kansascity, "Ink's Middle of Map Fest lineup for this year announced | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 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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