[loh-kuh l]



verb (used without object)

Informal. to travel by or take a local train or the like.

Nearby words

  1. loc.,
  2. loc. cit.,
  3. loc. primo cit.,
  4. loca,
  5. locable,
  6. local anaesthetic,
  7. local anaphylaxis,
  8. local anesthesia,
  9. local anesthetic,
  10. local area network

Origin of local

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Late Latin word locālis. See locus, -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedlocal locale locality location


[loh-kal, -kal]


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British Dictionary definitions for local



characteristic of or associated with a particular locality or area
of, concerned with, or relating to a particular place or point in space
med of, affecting, or confined to a limited area or partCompare general (def. 10), systemic (def. 2)
(of a train, bus, etc) stopping at all stations or stops


a train, bus, etc, that stops at all stations or stops
an inhabitant of a specified locality
British informal a pub close to one's home or place of work
med short for local anaesthetic
US and Canadian an item of local interest in a newspaper
US and Canadian a local or regional branch of an association
Canadian a telephone extension
Derived Formslocalness, noun

Word Origin for local

C15: via Old French from Late Latin locālis, from Latin locus place, locus

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Word Origin and History for local
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Medicine definitions for local




Affecting or confined to a specific part of the body; not general or systemic.


Local anesthesia.

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