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[loh-kal, -kahl] /loʊˈkæl, -ˈkɑl/
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
1765-75; alteration of earlier local < French: noun use of the adj. See local
Can be confused
local, locale, locality, location.
1. location, site, spot. Unabridged
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  • 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 Frederick Marryat
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for locale


a place or area, esp with reference to events connected with it
Word Origin
C18: from French local (n use of adj); see local
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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