- a place or locality, especially with reference to events or circumstances connected with it: to move to a warmer locale.
- the scene or setting, as of a novel, play, or motion picture: The locale is a small Kansas town just before World War I.
Origin of locale
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Examples from the Web for locale
Hitchcock nodded and replied, “Call it Prosciutto and change the locale to Italy.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The locale was not Perugia, but Seville, in Spain, a country I have lived in and love.Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession
November 26, 2014
And, sure, it helps when the locale staging the fight is New York City.Why Is Progressive Hero Bill de Blasio Throwing Charter Schools Out of New York City?
Conor P. Williams
March 4, 2014
He scavenged the locale dump, built a bike, and sold it to one of the kids in the brick houses.If You’re Hunting for Forrest Fenn’s Buried Treasure, Start Here
March 1, 2013
The locale remains nameless, but the physical details of the estate are highly specific.Must Read Novels: Ballard, Dybek, and Krasznahorkai
Jacob Silverman, Malcolm Forbes, John McIntyre
April 23, 2012
In every case, the locale they describe was known to Merriman personally.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Such was the locale; to describe the company will be more difficult, but I will attempt it.Percival Keene
Ah,” said the Doctor, “and changed the locale of the missing belt.Glyn Severn's Schooldays
George Manville Fenn
Attended another meeting at the 'Locale,' which was sweet and refreshing.Eli and Sibyl Jones
Rufus Matthew Jones
But the detachment had no intention of examining the locale of the country.A Dialogue in Hades
James Johnstone, chevalier de Johnstone
- a place or area, esp with reference to events connected with it
Word Origin and History for locale
1772, local, from French local, noun use of local (adj.), from Latin locus "place" (see locus). English spelling with -e (1816) probably is based on morale or else to indicate stress.
The word's right to exist depends upon the question whether the two indispensable words locality & scene give all the shades of meaning required, or whether something intermediate is useful. [Fowler]