ven·​ue | \ ˈven-ˌyü \

Definition of venue

1a : locale sense 1 also : a place where events of a specific type are held music venues
2a : the place from which a jury is drawn and in which trial is held requested a change of venue
b : the place or county in which take place the alleged events from which a legal action arises
c : a statement showing that a case is brought to the proper court or authority

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Examples of venue in a Sentence

The venue of the trial has been changed. The nightclub provided an intimate venue for her performance.

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Her biggest project is Luma Arles, a 20-acre contemporary arts complex that includes a performance venue that launched last summer, and the crown jewel, a tower designed by Frank Gehry, which is slated to be completed in late 2019. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 This is also why the cold-war framing of the summit, thanks to the choice of venue and grim talk by both administrations of a new low in relations, is off-beam. The Economist, "The Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki," 5 July 2018 Finland served as a venue for a 1975 meeting between US President Gerald Ford and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and also hosted a summit between US President H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990. Vladimir Isachenkov, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump and Putin to discuss US-Russia issues, international relations," 28 June 2018 Recent albums have aimed for bigger venues and crossover appeal, costing them some rough edges, and not to their benefit. Steve Appleford,, "Robert Plant, Los Lobos, Fantastic Negrito and more emphasize tradition at Arroyo Seco," 25 June 2018 The first phase, now underway, includes the renovation of Lakefront Park, reconstruction of the Lakeshore Center (making it the largest meeting venue in west Orlando) and the construction of a new City Hall. Michael Candelaria,, "Ocoee Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Date, venue and ticket sales information is forthcoming. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'WOW — Women Of Wrestling' Series Sells to AXS TV (Exclusive)," 18 June 2018 Authorities believe several neighborhood gangs had a dispute at the venue, and multiple suspects began shooting at each other, with police returning fire, Onofri said., "Gunfire Erupts At New Jersey Arts Festival; 22 Wounded," 17 June 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge is the museum's first royal patron, and is due to give a speech at the venue, before meeting with fans outside during a walkabout. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stuns in a McQueen Tartan Coat Dress to Visit Dundee's V&A Museum with Prince William," 29 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of venue

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for venue

borrowed from Anglo-French, probably alteration (by assimilation to venue "arrival, attendance") of vinné, visné, literally, "neighborhood, neighbors," going back to Vulgar Latin *vīcīnātus, re-formation of Latin vīcīnitās vicinity

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English Language Learners Definition of venue

: the place where an event takes place


ven·​ue | \ ˈven-ˌyü \

Legal Definition of venue

1 : the place or county in which take place the alleged events from which a legal action arises used especially at common law
2 : the place from which a jury is drawn and in which trial is held — see also change of venue — compare jurisdiction
3 : a statement showing that a case is brought to the proper court or authority

History and Etymology for venue

Anglo-French, place where a jury is summoned, alteration (influenced by venue arrival, attendance) of vinné visné, literally, neighborhood, neighbors, from Old French, ultimately from Latin vicinus neighboring

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