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

  • n. A place, especially with reference to a particular event: the locale of a crime.
  • n. The scene or setting, as of a novel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The place where something happens.
  • n. The set of settings related to the language and region in which a computer program executes. Examples are language, paper format, currency and time formats, character encoding etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place, spot, or location.
  • n. A principle, practice, form of speech, or other thing of local use, or limited to a locality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place, spot, or locality; specifically, a site or scene, considered with reference to circumstances connected with it.

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)


From French local, local, locale, from Old French; see local.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French local (adj), nominal use of the adjective. (Wiktionary)



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  • This is a strange word. And if anyone ever told me, "The locale of a crime" I would burst out laughing no matter how gruesome the crime.

    November 1, 2011