Locale



[loh-kal, -kahl] /loʊˈkæl, -ˈkɑl/

noun
1.
a place or , 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.
/ləʊˈkɑːl/
noun
1.
a place or area, esp with reference to events connected with it
n.

1772, local, from French local, noun use of local (adj.), from Latin locus “place” (see locus). English spelling with -e (1816) probably is based on morale or else to indicate stress.

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]

programming
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.
(1999-06-09)

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