locale

[loh-kal, -kahl]
noun
1.
a place or locality, especially with reference to events or circumstances connected with it: to move to a warmer locale.
2.
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:
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)
 
n
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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locale
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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Example sentences
Collective bargaining adheres to precedent and relies on comparisons to other
  unionized locales.
Other colleges have selected on-campus locales, however.
But as companies push their business into ever more remote locales, so they
  have sought protection against more exotic risks.
The choice of locales available to them is growing rapidly.
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