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noun, plural lo·cal·i·ties.
  1. a place, spot, or district, with or without reference to things or persons in it or to occurrences there: They moved to another locality.
  2. the state or fact of being local or having a location: the locality that every material object must have.
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Origin of locality

From the Late Latin word locālitās, dating back to 1620–30. See local, -ity
Can be confusedlocal locale locality location
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Related Words for locality

parish, region, zone, district, status, domain, neighborhood, habitat, entourage, locale, ambiance, scene, milieu, hood, area, vicinity, zoo, surroundings, setting, location

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Contemporary Examples of locality

Historical Examples of locality

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for locality


noun plural -ties
  1. a neighbourhood or area
  2. the site or scene of an event
  3. the fact or condition of having a location or position in space
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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.

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