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[loh-kal, -kahl] /loʊˈkæl, -ˈkɑl/
a place or locality, especially with reference to events or circumstances connected with it:
to move to a warmer locale.
the scene or setting, as of a novel, play, or motion picture:
The locale is a small Kansas town just before World War I.
Origin of locale
1765-75; alteration of earlier local < French: noun use of the adj. See local
Can be confused
local, locale, locality, location.
1. location, site, spot. Unabridged
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a place or area, esp with reference to events connected with it
Word Origin
C18: from French local (n use of adj); see local
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Word Origin and History for locale

1772, local, from French local, noun use of local (adj.), from Latin locus "place" (see locus). English spelling with -e (1816) probably is based on morale or else to indicate stress.

The word's right to exist depends upon the question whether the two indispensable words locality & scene give all the shades of meaning required, or whether something intermediate is useful. [Fowler]

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locale in Technology

A geopolitical place or area, especially in the context of configuring an operating system or application program with its character sets, date and time formats, currency formats etc.
Locales are significant for internationalisation and localisation.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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