[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for locale


/ (ləʊˈkɑːl) /


a place or area, esp with reference to events connected with it

Word Origin for locale

C18: from French local (n use of adj); see local
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