the place of a crime or cause of action.
the county or place where the jury is gathered and the cause tried.
the designation, in the pleading, of the jurisdiction where a trial will be held.
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.

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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venue (ˈvɛnjuː)
1.  law
 a.  the place in which a cause of action arises
 b.  the place fixed for the trial of a cause
 c.  the locality from which the jurors must be summoned to try a particular cause
2.  a meeting place
3.  any place where an organized gathering, such as a rock concert or public meeting, is held
4.  chiefly (US) a position in an argument
[C14: from Old French, from venir to come, from Latin venīre]

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Word Origin & History

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).
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Example sentences
If you can't make it to the festival, you have other good jazz venues to choose
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.
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