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English definition of “local”


noun [C] (AREA)   /ˈloʊ·kəl/
a person who lives in the particular small area you are talking about: If you’re lost and need directions , just ask one of the locals.
(Definition of local noun (AREA) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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