- local [lō′kəl]adj.[ME locall < OFr local < LL localis < L locus, a place < IE * stlokos < base * stel-, to set up, stand, location > STALK1, STALL1, STILL1, Gr stellein, to put]1. relating to place2. of, characteristic of, or confined to a particular place or district [items of local interest]3. not broad; restricted; narrow [local outlook]4. of or for a particular part or specific area of the body; not general☆ 5. making all stops along its run [a local bus]6. Chiefly Brit. of or relating to specific portions or details of a literary text, as distinguished from its overall structure, themes, style, etc.n.☆ 1. a local train, bus, etc.☆ 2. a newspaper item of local interest only☆ 3. a chapter or branch of a labor union4. Informal a resident of a particular place [they tried to convince the locals]5. [Brit. Informal] a neighborhood pub6. an anesthetic that numbs only a small area of the body, allowing the patient to remain conscious during minor surgery, a biopsy, etc.: cf. GENERAL (n. 5): in full local anesthetic
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.