early 14c., "a coming for the purpose of attack," from O.Fr. venue
"coming," from fem. pp. of venir
"to come," from L. venire
"to come," from PIE base *gwa-
"to go, come" (cf. O.E. cuman
"to come;" see come
). The sense of "place where a case in law is tried" is first recorded 1530s. Extended to locality in general, especially "site of a concert or sporting event" (1857). Change of venue
is from Blackstone (1768).