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[loh-kal-i-tee] /loʊˈkæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural localities.
a place, spot, or district, with or without reference to things or persons in it or to occurrences there:
They moved to another locality.
the state or fact of being local or having a location:
the locality that every material object must have.
Origin of locality
From the Late Latin word locālitās, dating back to 1620-30. See local, -ity
Can be confused
local, locale, locality, location. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Wagons halted in front of the locality, and were soon piled with spectators.

  • Simultaneously he received a vivid mental photograph of the locality.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Mr. Cruncher was so bewildered that he could think of no locality but Temple Bar.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • But then, the District Nurse was "always afraid" in that locality.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • It had been years since he visited this locality, and the changes were many.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This custom, as in the South, was characteristic of the locality and period.

  • The scenery of the locality is wild, and somewhat impressive.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • The house itself was not likely to vindicate the claim the locality denied.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • The remoteness of the locality would have robbed the statement of all interest.

    Notes on My Books Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for locality


noun (pl) -ties
a neighbourhood or area
the site or scene of an event
the fact or condition of having a location or position in space
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for locality

1620s, "fact of having a place," from French localité, from Late Latin localitatem (nominative localitas) "locality," from localis "belonging to a place" (see local). Meaning "a place or district" is from 1830.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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