Use the noun locality when you need an official-sounding way to say "area" or "region." For example, you might say, "I am so pleased to finally have a doughnut shop in my locality."

You're most likely to come across the word locality in a news story or business report. It's a formal way to talk about a neighborhood or a section of town. The mayor might make a speech about crime in a particular locality, or the prevalence of potholes in another locality. The word has been in use since the 1700's, from the Latin word localis, "relating to or belonging to a place."

Definitions of locality
  1. noun
    a surrounding or nearby region
    “it is a rugged locality
    synonyms: neck of the woods, neighborhood, neighbourhood, vicinity
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    Latin Quarter
    the region of Paris on the southern bank of the Seine; a center of artistic and student life
    the highest point in Paris; famous for its associations with many artists
    Right Bank
    the region of Paris on the north bank of the Seine
    a former town and present-day neighborhood of Boston; settled in 1629
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    gold coast
    a rich neighborhood noted for expensive homes and luxurious living; usually along a coastal area
    (slang) a neighborhood
    a general vicinity
    the region close around a person or thing
    the appearance of a place
    front, presence
    the immediate proximity of someone or something
    an expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view
    a view of the sea
    type of:
    a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people
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