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

Examples of locale in a Sentence

They chose a tropical island as the locale for their wedding. the locale of the story
Recent Examples on the Web Everything is centered around an expansive green space, with the project also offering views of Los Peñasquitos Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean from its ridgetop locale. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 Soho' Wright takes a detour from his usual fare with this tale of a young fashion student (Thomasin McKenzie) overwhelmed by her new London locale. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 There are a few key things that homeowners in affected regions need to know in order to be ready for hurricane season, which lasts roughly from May to November (depending on your locale). Mikhal Weiner, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Oct. 2021 The second season premiered with a whole new cast and Los Angeles as its locale and with this show, the city or town in which it is set is as much a character as Penn Badgley’s Joe Goldberg. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 For fall-winter 2021, shearling’s the norm—no matter your locale. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 8 Oct. 2021 Just in case the temperatures dip on the plane or in your locale, consider this long cardigan or these fleece joggers. Carly Totten, Travel + Leisure, 8 Oct. 2021 To set the mood of a scene in a movie, TV show or video, filmmakers give the audience plenty of nonverbal clues — in the locale, the props, the soundtrack, even the camera angles. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 This weekend, the Manhattan Dolls are in Chicago in a vintage locale, paying homage to Old Chicago. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, 22 Oct. 2021

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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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3 Dec 2021

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“Locale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locale. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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