Definition of local adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈləʊkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊkl//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1  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.
  2. 2affecting only one part of the body Her tooth was extracted under local anaesthetic.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin localis, from Latin locus ‘place’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: local