[ loh-kuh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈloʊ kəˌlɪz əm /


a word, phrase, pronunciation, or manner of speaking that is peculiar to one locality.
a local custom.
excessive devotion to and promotion of the interests of a particular locality; sectionalism.
attachment to a particular locality.

Origin of localism

First recorded in 1815–25; local + -ism
Related formslo·cal·ist, nounlo·cal·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for localism


/ (ˈləʊkəˌlɪzəm) /


a pronunciation, phrase, etc, peculiar to a particular locality
another word for provincialism
Derived Formslocalist, nounlocalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for localism



"attachment to a particular locality," 1803, from local (adj.) + -ism. Meaning "something characteristic of a particular locality" is from 1823.

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