Meaning of LOCAL in English


/ ˈləʊkl; NAmE ˈloʊkl/ adjective , noun

■ adjective [ usually before noun ]


belonging to or connected with the particular place or area that you are talking about or with the place where you live :

a local farmer

A local man was accused of the murder.

Our children go to the local school.

a local newspaper (= one that gives local news)

local radio (= a radio station that broadcasts to one area only)

decisions made at local rather than national level

It was difficult to understand the local dialect.


affecting only one part of the body :

Her tooth was extracted under local anaesthetic .

►  lo·cal·ly / -kəli; NAmE / adverb :

to work locally

Do you live locally (= in this area) ?

locally grown fruit

■ noun


[ usually pl. ] a person who lives in a particular place or district :

The locals are very friendly.


( BrE , informal ) a pub near where you live :

I called in at my local on the way home.


( NAmE ) a branch of a trade / labor union


( NAmE ) a bus or train that stops at all places on the route



late Middle English : from late Latin localis , from Latin locus place.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.