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

Example Sentences

The plant has only been found in one locality. a locality with high housing prices
Recent Examples on the Web However, locality shifts did not make up for decreases caused by new bans. Katharina Buchholz, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Einstein felt that physics theories should possess two properties, sometimes called locality and realism. John Horgan, Scientific American, 24 Oct. 2022 Although Democrats have not lost a seat in this deep-blue locality since 2014, some feared the incumbent’s waffling on a divisive countywide rezoning push would leave him with one of the narrowest margins of victory in recent memory. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 Hardline Hindu groups have called for death to the accused, a Muslim man who police said lived in the same locality as the victim, a Hindu, in the Dumka district of the eastern state of Jharkhand. Reuters, CNN, 30 Aug. 2022 Closing the locality loophole is easier said than done. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2022 The same relief will be available to any other locality added later by FEMA. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 At the current rate, that could mean roughly $750,000 per locality — more when the full casino opens. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2022 In Massachusetts, the number of remote workers hinged strongly on locality. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

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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