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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The news came with a teaser video tour of some of the most iconic locales in the town of Schitt’s Creek. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Schitt's Creek final season gets a premiere date," 17 Sep. 2019 Brown said of difference between the East Coast and West Coast locales. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF knows humidity could give Knights an edge against Stanford," 11 Sep. 2019 Servers wear Peach Pit shirts, while the walls are decorated in the locale’s iconic pastel pink and green color scheme. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Beverly Hills, 90210 Cast Attends Peach Pit Pop-Up Honoring Late Luke Perry," 2 Sep. 2019 Players will have to adjust to the new locale and situation. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey’ brings a different past to life," 30 Aug. 2019 Horse racing is still in session too, so there’s a little something for everyone at the nearby suburban locale. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "It’s not over yet — here are 25 things you should do in Chicago before the end of summer," 29 Aug. 2019 Surprisingly, the sunniest summertime locale is not in the far north, where the sun may never set in day. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Is Sacramento really the sunniest place on Earth?," 23 Aug. 2019 The team identified the backpack as belonging to Komins, continued to comb the locale and soon found his body, police said. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A 3-day search for a missing California hiker ends with the discovery of his body," 19 Aug. 2019 Finding a more consistently clear-skied, sunny locale should be one of the first things on the second season’s pre-production wish list. Kate Samuelson, Time, "CBS Renewed Love Island Despite Lackluster Ratings. Can the Show Find its Happily Ever After in Season Two?," 12 Aug. 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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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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