Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law The locality where a crime is committed or a cause of action occurs.
  • n. Law The locality or political division from which a jury is called and in which a trial is held.
  • n. Law The clause within a declaration naming the locality in which a trial will be held.
  • n. Law The clause in an affidavit naming the place where it was sworn to.
  • n. The scene or setting in which something takes place; a locale: "that non-cinematic venue of popular nightmares, the discotheque” ( P.J. O'Rourke).
  • n. A place for large gatherings, as a sports stadium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place, especially the one where a given event is to happen.
  • n. A neighborhood or near place; the place or county in which anything is alleged to have happened; also, the place where an action is laid.
  • n. A bout; a hit; a turn. See venew.
  • n. Sport venue: a stadium or similar building in which a sporting competition is held.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A neighborhood or near place; the place or county in which anything is alleged to have happened; also, the place where an action is laid.
  • n. A bout; a hit; a turn. See Venew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coming.
  • n. In old fencing, a hit; attack; bout; a match or bout in cudgel-play; especially, a contest of regulated length, or of a fixed number of thrusts or blows; hence (because the bout was often ended when one thrust was successful), a thrust; a lunge.
  • n. In law: The place or neighborhood of a crime or cause of action; in modern times, the county or corresponding division within which in consequence the jury must be gathered and the cause tried, The statement, usually at the top or in the margin, of an indictment or declaration of complaint, indicating the county for trial, A similar statement in an affidavit indicating the place where it was taken and the oath was administered

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)
  • n. in law: the jurisdiction where a trial will be held

Etymologies

Middle English, attack, from Old French, a coming, attack, from feminine past participle of venir, to come, from Latin venīre; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French venue feminine past participle of verb venir. (Wiktionary)

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  • "In old fencing, a hit; attack; bout; a match or bout in cudgel-play; especially, a contest of regulated length, or of a fixed number of thrusts or blows; hence (because the bout was often ended when one thrust was successful), a thrust; a lunge." --CD&C

    May 18, 2012