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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Among the possibilities for promotion: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the lakefront, Cleveland Cultural Gardens, the Cleveland Botanical Garden and other mostly outdoor venues. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Destination Cleveland starting to think about how to pitch travel again; residents will be key," 25 May 2020 This autumn, folks could be attending football games or cramming into live music venues. Dallas News, "Where do we go from here? 3 COVID-19 topics your elected leaders should tackle," 25 May 2020 Other businesses, such as nightclubs, dayclubs, buffets and large venues will remain closed – including the infamous Cirque du Soleil. Fox News, "Las Vegas to reopen casinos -- with restrictions," 25 May 2020 Still, that didn’t deter zoos, arcades and other venues from reopening. al, "Water parks, go-kart tracks and more: Entertainment venues reopen at Alabama’s beaches," 24 May 2020 Mr Chemnitz imagines that P Scenen’s venue will close after the summer. The Economist, "Parking it Drive-in shows, films, meals and even worship help ease lockdowns," 24 May 2020 Since then, Dellaportas' venue has shown audiences classic films like Grease and Dirty Dancing. Chauncey Alcorn Cnn Business, CNN, "Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback thanks to coronavirus," 23 May 2020 The San Francisco couple lives a short distance from two beautiful, currently unused venues: Oracle Park and Chase Center. Ann Killion,, "Coronavirus said ‘you can’t,’ so SF couple says ‘I do’ in the shadow of Chase," 23 May 2020 All employees will be required to wear masks and events like live entertainment and venues including bars, spas, and buffets will not immediately reopen. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Las Vegas Resorts Plan for Reopening Even Though State Officials Have Not Specified a Date," 22 May 2020

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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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The first known use of venue was in 1531

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Venue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of venue

: the place where an event takes place


ven·​ue | \ ˈven-ˌyü How to pronounce venue (audio) \

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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