[loh-kal, -kahl]


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 confusedlocal locale locality location

Synonyms for locale

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Examples from the Web for locale

Contemporary Examples of locale

Historical Examples of locale

  • 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 for locale

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