[loh-key-shuh n]



    on location, Movies. engaged in filming at a place away from the studio, especially one that is or is like the setting of the screenplay: on location in Rome.

Origin of location

1585–95; < Latin locātiōn- (stem of locātiō) a placing. See locate, -ion
Related formslo·ca·tion·al, adjectivelo·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbin·ter·lo·ca·tion, nounnon·lo·ca·tion, noun
Can be confusedlocal locale locality location
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Contemporary Examples of location

Historical Examples of location

  • "You go straight ahead and select any location you like," said Marian.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • They were willing to tell the location of the bandit stronghold.

  • They had evidently discovered the location of the cellar, and were enjoying themselves.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • You know its location: a mile, perhaps, from Gatun Dam and the spillway.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall

  • They then landed to select a location for their colonial village.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for location



a site or position; situation
the act or process of locating or the state of being located
a place outside a studio where filming is doneshot on location
(in South Africa)
  1. a Black African or Coloured township, usually located near a small townSee also township (def. 4)
  2. (formerly) an African tribal reserve
computing a position in a memory capable of holding a unit of information, such as a word, and identified by its address
Roman law Scots law the letting out on hire of a chattel or of personal services

Word Origin for location

C16: from Latin locātiō, from locāre to place
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Word Origin and History for location

"position, place," 1590s, from Latin locationem (nominative locatio), noun of action from past participle stem of locare (see locate); Hollywood sense of "place outside a film studio where a scene is filmed" is from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper