What does local mean?

Definitions for local
ˈloʊ kəllo·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. localnoun

    public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops

    "the local seemed to take forever to get to New York"

  2. local anesthetic, local anaesthetic, local, topical anesthetic, topical anaestheticadjective

    anesthetic that numbs a particular area of the body

  3. localadjective

    relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area

    "local taxes"; "local authorities"

  4. localadjective

    of or belonging to or characteristic of a particular locality or neighborhood

    "local customs"; "local schools"; "the local citizens"; "a local point of view"; "local outbreaks of flu"; "a local bus line"

  5. localadjective

    affecting only a restricted part or area of the body

    "local anesthesia"


  1. Localnoun

    A train or bus which stops at all stations along a line, as contrasted with an express, which stops only at certain stations designated as express stops.


  1. localnoun

    A person who lives nearby.

    It's easy to tell the locals from the tourists.

  2. localnoun

    A branch of a nationwide organization such as a trade union.

    I'm in the TWU, too. Local 6.

  3. localnoun

    A train that stops at all, or almost all, stations between its origin and destination, including very small ones.

    The expresses skipped my station, so I had to take a local.

  4. localnoun

    One's nearest or regularly frequented public house or bar.

    I got barred from my local, so I've started going all the way into town for a drink.

  5. localnoun

    A locally scoped identifier.

    Functional programming languages usually don't allow changing the immediate value of locals once they've been initialized, unless they're explicitly marked as being mutable.

  6. localnoun

    An item of news relating to the place where the newspaper is published.

  7. localadjective

    From or in a nearby location.

    We prefer local produce.

  8. localadjective

    Having limited scope (either lexical or dynamic); only being accessible within a certain portion of a program.

  9. localadjective

    Applying to each point in a space rather than the space as a whole.

  10. localadjective

    Of or pertaining to a restricted part of an organism.

    The patient didn't want to be sedated, so we applied only local anesthesia.

  11. localadjective

    Descended from an indigenous population.

    Hawaiian Pidgin is spoken by the local population.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LOCALadjective

    Etymology: local, French; locus, Latin.

    By ascending, after that the sharpness of death was overcome, he took the very local possession of glory, and that to the use of all that are his, even as himself before had witnessed, I go to prepare a place for you. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    A higher flight the vent’rous goddess tries,
    Leaving material worlds, and local skies. Matthew Prior.

    The circumstance of local nearness in them unto us, might haply enforce in us a duty of greater separation from them than from those other. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    Where there is only a local circumstance of worship, the same thing would be worshipped, supposing that circumstance changed. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Dream not of their fight,
    As of a duel, or the local wounds
    Of head, or heel. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xiii.

    How is the change of being sometimes here, sometimes there, made by local motion in vacuum, without a change in the body moved? Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.


  1. local

    Local generally refers to something within a specific area or region, usually in close proximity or relating to the immediate community. It could pertain to a town, city, neighborhood, or similar area, and is often used to highlight a certain level of familiarity, belonging, or specificity in relation to a place. The term can be used in various contexts such as local business, local newspaper, local government, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Localadjective

    of or pertaining to a particular place, or to a definite region or portion of space; restricted to one place or region; as, a local custom

  2. Localnoun

    a train which receives and deposits passengers or freight along the line of the road; a train for the accommodation of a certain district

  3. Localnoun

    on newspaper cant, an item of news relating to the place where the paper is published

  4. Etymology: [L. localis, fr. locus place: cf. F. local. See Lieu, Locus.]


  1. Local

    Local is a twelve-part Oni Press comic book limited series written by Brian Wood and illustrated by Ryan Kelly. Each issue is intended to be a stand-alone short story, taking place in a different town across North America. A recurring character, Megan, provides a thread for readers who follow the series in sequence. Megan is the main character in some issues, while in others she is a spectator or background figure. Local resembles a previous series of Wood's, Demo, which also spanned twelve issues, each of which was a self-contained story. As Local went on, it became more of a coming of age story for the lead character. The first issue was released in November 2005, and the series concluded in June 2008.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Local

    lō′kal, adj. of or belonging to a place: confined to a spot or district.—ns. Locale (lō-käl′), a locality: the scene of some event; Localisā′tion.—v.t. Lō′calise, to assign to a place: to refer a sensation in perception to some part of the body.—ns. Lō′calism, the state of being local: affection for a place: provincialism; Local′ity, existence in a place: position: district.—adv. Lō′cally.—v.t. Locāte′, to place: to set in a particular position: to designate the place of.—n. Locā′tion, act of locating or placing: situation: (law) a leasing on rent.—adj. Lō′cātive (gram.), indicating place.—Local Government Acts, a series of enactments instituting local self-government of the various counties of Great Britain and of a large number of boroughs; Local Option, a phrase first used by Mr Gladstone in a letter in 1868 for the determination by vote of the people of a town or district as to whether licenses to sell intoxicating liquors shall be granted or not. [Fr.,—Low L. localislocus, a place.]

Editors Contribution

  1. local

    Of or relating to a specific area or defined area on a map.

    The local government knew they were empowering the people and community to choose what they would like to see developed within their area.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'local' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #178

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'local' in Written Corpus Frequency: #321

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'local' in Nouns Frequency: #1497

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'local' in Adjectives Frequency: #10

Anagrams for local »

  1. colla

  2. callo

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of local in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of local in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of local in a Sentence

  1. El Dorado:

    [ T ] Donald Trump local Fish and Wildlife Service... [ said ] that the likely impact on endangered species is not sufficient to stop this project, if you focus on facts, the facts are that the Army Corps of Engineers made a decision on the facts under the law.

  2. Janine Lutz:

    So if you don’t have any local buddies you know, find some in your community because they're everywhere, and they're looking for help too, reach out to other veterans in your communities because that is your best medicine - your peer who has walked in your shoes.

  3. Ibrahim Dosara:

    It is not true( that 200 people were killed). The attacks were carried out in two local government areas namely Bukkuyum and Anka. Four communities in those areas were attacked ; one in Bukkuyum where 36 people were killed, and three in Anka in which 22 people were killed... These figures were compiled and brought to the state government by the village heads.

  4. Kanya Bennett:

    If we have these recommendations but the federal government can't put money behind it to get this to state and local (police), then that's where I think the problems are going to lie.

  5. The RCMP:

    The two may being using a different vehicle, on foot or even traveling separately. If they are spotted, do not approach, call 9-1-1 or Kam McLeod local police immediately.

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