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[ven-yoo] /ˈvɛn yu/
  1. the place of a crime or cause of action.
  2. the county or place where the jury is gathered and the cause tried.
  3. the designation, in the pleading, of the jurisdiction where a trial will be held.
  4. the statement naming the place and person before whom an affidavit was sworn.
the scene or locale of any action or event.
the position taken by a person engaged in argument or debate; ground.
Origin of venue
1300-50; Middle English venue an attack < Middle French: literally, a coming, Old French, feminine past participle of venir to come < Vulgar Latin *venūta, for Latin venta, equivalent to ven(īre) to come + -ta feminine past participle suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for venues
  • If you can't make it to the festival, you have other good jazz venues to choose from.
  • The pool and rooftop veranda--beautiful venues for wedding receptions--also are available for event rentals.
  • The city offers family-friendly attractions such as theme parks as well as music and theatrical venues.
  • After skiing all day, enjoy one of the area's many venues for apres ski.
  • Open-air restaurants, evening entertainment venues and shops line the street.
  • New housing, new roads, and new sports venues seem to spring up overnight.
  • For homework, have students survey and list the kinds of shopping venues found in their communities.
  • But neither of those facts fully explains why it is one of the world's top climbing venues.
  • Though state fairs sprang up as agricultural and educational venues, carnival rides are now must-haves.
  • Some agrotourism venues serve to encourage and protect threatened agrarian communities in disadvantaged countries.
British Dictionary definitions for venues


  1. the place in which a cause of action arises
  2. the place fixed for the trial of a cause
  3. the locality from which the jurors must be summoned to try a particular cause
a meeting place
any place where an organized gathering, such as a rock concert or public meeting, is held
(mainly US) a position in an argument
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from venir to come, from Latin venīre
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Word Origin and History for venues



early 14c., "a coming for the purpose of attack," from Old French venue "coming," from fem. past participle of venir "to come," from Latin venire "to come," from PIE root *gwa- "to go, come" (cf. Old English 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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