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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Immigrants now work everywhere from seafood plants to machine shops to manufacturing operations and run businesses in Portland, a trendy waterfront locale known nationally for its restaurant scene. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Maine’s Largest City Strains Under Asylum-Seeker Influx," 27 Jan. 2019 The mother and daughter are jetting off to an undisclosed, snowy locale for a cozy family vacation. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner and Baby Stormi Are Twinning in Matching Outfits on Their Snow-Filled Vacation," 9 Dec. 2018 In one romantic scene, the two whip up some homemade apple cider at a cozy locale owned by Gretchen's aunt, called the Silverpine Inn. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas Made to Order' Was Filmed in This Cozy Bed and Breakfast," 23 Dec. 2018 And tech companies that are expanding outside of the Bay Area or one of the three other top tech hubs — Seattle, Boston and New York, based on the number of tech companies headquartered there — are mostly expanding within those four locales. Rani Molla, Recode, "Amazon, Apple and others are expanding out of major tech cities — but mostly to other major tech cities," 20 Dec. 2018 But keep those vacation days blocked off on your calendar: All three locales are home to at least some countries not currently affected by the outbreak, making them a safe choice a vacation without Zika for worried travelers. Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Zika-Free Destinations to Travel to This Year," 15 Oct. 2018 Manafort used foreign locales and shell corporations to hide his money. Paul Kiel, The Seattle Times, "Hobbled by budget cuts, the IRS brings fewer tax fraud cases," 2 Oct. 2018 In the hunt for Hollywood jobs, Canadian cities compete with each other and not just with U.S. locales. Erik Heinrich, latimes.com, "Toronto has been a film and TV hub for decades. Now Guillermo del Toro may give the Canadian city an edge," 12 July 2018 At the same time, for better or for worse, Netflix will help make entertainment more uniform globally: while its library varies by locale, the service already has around 124 million subscribers outside of the U.S. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Netflix Is Expected to Spend up to $13 Billion on Original Programming This Year," 8 July 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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