[loh-kal, -kahl]
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.

1765–75; alteration of earlier local < French: noun use of the adj. See local

local, locale, locality, location.

1. location, site, spot.
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locale (ləʊˈkɑːl)
a place or area, esp with reference to events connected with it
[C18: from French local (n use of adj); see local]

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Word Origin & History

1772, from Fr. local, noun use of local (adj.), from L. locus "place." Spelling with -e is probably based on morale.
"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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Computing Dictionary

locale definition

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.

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Example sentences
Setting is, well, setting-meaning the trip's locale as well as cultural context.
In any event, there are temporary options for you in your new locale.
Education is so mandatory that you see nomads walk for hours to attend the
  nearest school in their locale.
Destination-savvy travelers seek out businesses that emphasize the character of
  the locale.
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