ven·​ue | \ˈven-ˌyü \

Definition of venue 

1a : locale sense 1 also : a place where events of a specific type are held music venues

b : outlet sense 1c

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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On May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber set off an explosive device in Manchester Arena, just after the conclusion of Grande's concert in the venue. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande Says "Everything Will Be Okay" Following Announcement She's Taking Time to "Heal and Mend"," 23 Sep. 2018 As if to emphasize the idea that streaming is just re-creating the existing television landscape in a different venue, CBS recently announced the launch of CBSN Local, a local news addition to its CBSN streaming service. Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge, "Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV," 13 Aug. 2018 Wolfson could refile charges if new information emerges in that non-court venue. Ken Ritter, Fox News, "Grand jury refuses to indict ex-Vegas officer in choke case," 27 July 2018 When the tour in support of his previous album launched in that same venue, azcentral called him one of hip-hop's greatest storytellers. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Summer concerts in Phoenix: Eagles, Post Malone, Logic, Panic! at the Disco, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa," 15 June 2018 In October 2016, after a change in venue and more than two years after Erin had kissed her husband goodbye, Chris Lee stood trial for first-degree murder in a San Bernardino courtroom. Paul Larosa, CBS News, "Search for missing Marine wife "like finding a needle in a thousand haystacks”," 12 June 2018 In 1985, with Cold War tensions at their highest since the early 1960s, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met in the neutral venue of Geneva. Andrew Preston, The New Republic, "Will Trump Be Nixon in China?," 11 June 2018 However, many usually perform in private businesses or in other venues. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Cuba imposes more taxes and controls on private sector and increases censorship on the arts," 10 July 2018 While Prince Louis is being christened in the venue where his brother, Prince George was christened, Princess Charlotte's took place in St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Comparing Prince Louis' Christening with Prince George's and Princess Charlotte's," 9 July 2018

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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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