local ( locals plural )
1 adj Local means existing in or belonging to the area where you live, or to the area that you are talking about.
We'd better check on the match in the local paper..., Some local residents joined the students' protest..., I was going to pop up to the local library.
The locals are local people., n-count usu pl, oft the N
That's what the locals call the place.
locally adv ADV after v, ADV -ed
We've got cards which are drawn and printed and designed by someone locally.
2 adj Local government is elected by people in one area of a country and controls aspects such as education, housing, and transport within that area.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: national)
Education comprises two-thirds of all local council spending.
3 n-count Your local is a pub which is near where you live and where you often go for a drink.
INFORMAL usu sing, usu poss N
The Black Horse is my local.
4 adj A local anaesthetic or condition affects only a small area of your body. (MEDICAL)
local area network ( local area networks plural ) A local area network is a group of personal computers and associated equipment that are linked by cable, for example in an office building, and that share a communications line. The abbreviation LAN is also used. (COMPUTING) n-count
Users can easily move files between PCs connected by local area networks or the internet.
local authority ( local authorities plural ) A local authority is an organization that is officially responsible for all the public services and facilities in a particular area.
in AM, use local government
in AM, use local color
Local colour is used to refer to customs, traditions, dress, and other things which give a place or period of history its own particular character. n-uncount
The fishing boat harbour was usually bustling with lots of local colour.
local government ( local governments plural )
1 n-uncount Local government is the system of electing representatives to be responsible for the administration of public services and facilities in a particular area.
2 n-count A local government is the same as a local authority.
Local time is the official time in a particular region or country. n-uncount
It was around 10.15 pm local time, 3.15 am at home.