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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At one point during the date, Caelynn and Dean decided to run up to the pool at their date locale and jump in together. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Bachelor in Paradise's' Caelynn Miller-Keyes Shares a Meme About "Why Women Have Trust Issues"," 17 Aug. 2019 Like most veteran anglers, Schmitt declined to reveal his treasured fishing locales. Brion O’connor, BostonGlobe.com, "Getting hooked on fishing, inland and on the ocean," 8 Aug. 2019 On Sunday, as players get ready to leave, the paring down will begin with players looking to be reassigned to junior teams in their locales and the team getting ready for the tournaments in Everett and then at Tri-City. oregonlive.com, "Portland Winterhawks announce Neely Cup details; 15 players headed to developmental camps," 23 July 2019 The Gold Dollar's allure derived in large part from its sketchy locale. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Iconic Detroit venue that hosted White Stripes' first show destroyed in fire Monday evening," 23 July 2019 Many retirees choose to downsize their house (less cleaning!) and trade their locale for green pastures or beaches or maybe even a place where people still know their neighbors. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "California ranks as one of the worst states to retire, report says," 10 July 2019 With the help of colleagues around the world, Edwards was able to get the genetic sequences of crAssphage from their locales. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Benign gut virus may be older than humanity, might be useful as therapy," 8 July 2019 Stillpoint Lodge, Halibut Cove, AK Originally built as an artist retreat, Stillpoint Lodge is not oblivious to the majesty of its pristine locale on a private stretch of Halibut Cove, 20 minutes by boat from Homer. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Stunning Eco-Friendly Hotels," 22 Jan. 2018 Catching the sunrise or sunset at either of these locales cannot be beat. Erika Owen, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Things to Do in Iceland: Our Definitive List," 16 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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