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local color

distinctive, sometimes picturesque characteristics or peculiarities of a place or period as represented in literature or drama, or as observed in reality.
Fine Arts. the natural color of a particular object as it appears in normal light.
Origin of local color
1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for local color
  • Several well-established eateries along the way offer hearty meals, quirky specialties, and plenty of local color.
  • Each photograph captures the local color of a different region.
  • Iced coffee is a global phenomenon with some good local color.
  • In doing this, the artist did more than add a touch of local color.
  • If you're searching for an intriguing getaway with local color and fabulous fare, take your cues from the experts.
  • Well-photographed and with interesting bits of local color.
  • In his lyrics, local color is a touchstone for larger mysteries of ultimate purpose.
  • The movie is awash in sunrise-sunset music and soaked in local color.
  • Although the terms regionalism and local color are sometimes used interchangeably, regionalism generally has broader connotations.
  • Great blue herons and pileated woodpeckers add to the local color.

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