lo·​cal·​ism | \ ˈlō-kə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce localism (audio) \

Definition of localism

1a : a local idiom
b : a local peculiarity of speaking or acting
2 : affection or partiality for a particular place : sectionalism

Examples of localism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Professor Yanich, who in 2015 produced a study on localism in TV news, found an inverse relationship between consolidation and the amount of local news coverage. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As news ownership consolidates, will local TV become more partisan?," 13 July 2018 Thinking about firearms localism requires a shift in mindset. Joseph Blocher, Vox, "A gun debate compromise: let cities and rural areas pass different laws," 24 Mar. 2018 Nazism and Communism – and a devotion to localism and accountability prevails. Rose Jacobs, Newsweek, "On Top of the World: This Could Be the Start of a Century of German Success," 17 July 2014 In the report, it had been made to sound like a paean to localism. Molly Ball, The Atlantic, "On Safari in Trump's America," 23 Oct. 2017 For starters, a consistent localism is the best hope for conservatives on the national scale. Max Bloom, National Review, "Let Liberal Cities Do What They Want," 13 July 2017 As for the protests themselves, Bassingthwaighte makes their localism clear. Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, "New novel ‘Live from Cairo’ set among refugees during the Arab Spring of 2011," 14 July 2017 Diverse groups of people networked in equally diverse, and even mutually-contradictory ways—for profit, for community, for anarchy, for globalism, and for localism, among others. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Nomad Who’s Exploding the Internet Into Pieces," 22 May 2017 The rules will benefit Americans by protecting localism, competition and diversity. Reuters, WIRED, "House Fights New Media Regs," 23 July 2003

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'localism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of localism

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about localism

Statistics for localism

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for localism

The first known use of localism was in 1823

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on localism

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with localism

Comments on localism

What made you want to look up localism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move or proceed with twists and turns

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!