lo·​cal·​i·​ty lō-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce locality (audio)
plural localities
: the fact or condition of having a location in space or time
: a particular place, situation, or location

Examples of locality in a Sentence

The plant has only been found in one locality. a locality with high housing prices
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this week, Airbnb scored a major victory on this front in Virginia when Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a bill into law that requires all localities that issue short-term rental permits to property owners also issue these same permits to tenants who have permission from their property owner. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 Tesla may need authorization from various states or localities to operate a nationwide robotaxi fleet. David Ingram, NBC News, 11 Apr. 2024 Bryant's proposal also would bar localities from banning at-home crypto mining or require a resident to apply for a permit to mine for crypto at home. Neal Earley, arkansasonline.com, 11 Apr. 2024 The family moved back to Tripoli in 1973, eventually settling in a locality to the west of the city. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 The new infrastructure law includes funding innovations, such as expanding the use of private activity bonds, which allow states and localities to raise money to fund private infrastructure projects. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2024 To free yourself from the tyranny of too many choices, add your locality or organism of interest to your search term (ie, Invasive Maryland Plants) to winnow things down. Bob Hirshon, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2024 Similar fights have played out in other localities across the country as the movement to preserve unpaved roads has gained traction in recent decades. Jayne Orenstein, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Trump, whose administration threatened federal enforcement against localities and states that had legalized marijuana, is unlikely to attract support from legalization advocates. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of locality was circa 1538

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“Locality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locality. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


lo·​cal·​i·​ty lō-ˈkal-ət-ē How to pronounce locality (audio)
plural localities
: a place and its surroundings

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