lo·​cal·​i·​ty | \ lō-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce locality (audio) \
plural localities

Definition of locality

1 : the fact or condition of having a location in space or time
2 : a particular place, situation, or location

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Examples of locality in a Sentence

The plant has only been found in one locality. a locality with high housing prices

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Wisconsin ranks 29th among the 55 localities awarded grants. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin gets $17 million in federal grant money to fight opioid crisis. How it will be used," 4 Sep. 2019 An increasing number of states and localities are also allowing personal, recreational use. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Denver Post, "Marijuana should not be used by adolescents and pregnant women, surgeon general says," 29 Aug. 2019 In addition, the company also violated the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, which requires pay rates to match those in the surrounding locality. Marco Santana, orlandosentinel.com, "Feds order Lockheed Martin to pay $325,000 in back wages," 27 Aug. 2019 This week, Connecticut joined the cascade of localities that have implemented plastic-bag bans.(Technically, the ban does not go into effect for another two years. Stephen L. Carter, Twin Cities, "Stephen L. Carter: Get off the bandwagon of banning plastic bags," 7 Aug. 2019 It was chosen by Foster’s wife Jenny, who is Gamilaraay Aboriginal, to honor the Sheepyard locality where Foster’s now defunct mine once operated. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Gem-like fossils reveal stunning new dinosaur species," 3 June 2019 My essay about statewide poverty and housing in California was not the place to drill into the data of particular localities. Michael Greenberg, The New York Review of Books, "Building in Berkeley," 21 Feb. 2019 Cities and localities in California and at least five other states have restricted the sale of flavored tobacco products. Bonnie Halpern-felsher, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Halpern-Felsher: Call this youth crisis what it is: A Juuling epidemic," 19 Aug. 2019 At stake: the extent of limits that localities can place on gun owners. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A gun law case before the US Supreme Court has Americans up in arms," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of locality

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of locality was circa 1538

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English Language Learners Definition of locality

: a particular place or area


lo·​cal·​i·​ty | \ lō-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce locality (audio) \
plural localities

Kids Definition of locality

: a place and its surroundings

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concealment of treason or felony

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