lo·​cale lō-ˈkal How to pronounce locale (audio)
: 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
: site, scene
the locale of a story

Example Sentences

They chose a tropical island as the locale for their wedding. the locale of the story
Recent Examples on the Web Thus began the resurrection of the iconic Central Square locale that closed 18 years ago, only to finally find its footing again on Wednesday night. Diti Kohli, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Jan. 2023 Phase one represents about 9% of the 600-acre site to be vacated after state lawmakers voted in 2015 to build a new correctional facility west of Salt Lake City and open the old prison locale in Draper for future development. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Dec. 2022 For one thing, there’s the setting; director Rian Johnson has swapped out the foggy New England locale for the sunshine sizzle of a private Greek island. Vulture, 23 Nov. 2022 Like its Rice Village and Memorial counterparts, the Tanglewood locale will feature a vast menu of salads, sandwiches and mains, which regulars have grown to love. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 11 Oct. 2022 This time, the action moves to Romania, and the European locale benefits the atmosphere while harking back to the original two films, which blended their British locations with American influences. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 6 Oct. 2022 Other types of long-term visas, depending on the locale, include pension, investment, non-lucrative, and special resident retiree visas. Laura Kiniry, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Oct. 2022 Rio Grande do Sul, a small locale of just roughly 23,000 people. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2022 No matter where you and your new spouse are headed, here are some honeymoon packing list essentials to bring along, followed by outfit ideas, comfortable walking shoes, and luggage tailored to your locale of choice. Jane Sung, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


modification of French local, from local, adjective

First Known Use

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of locale was in 1761

Dictionary Entries Near locale

Cite this Entry

“Locale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locale. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


lo·​cale lō-ˈkal How to pronounce locale (audio)
: a place where something happens or is supposed to happen
the locale of the accident
the locale of a play

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