localism [loh-kuh-liz-uh m] Word Origin noun

  1. a word, phrase, pronunciation, or manner of speaking that is peculiar to one locality.
  2. a local custom.
  3. excessive devotion to and promotion of the interests of a particular locality; sectionalism.
  4. attachment to a particular locality.

Origin of localism First recorded in 1815–25; local + -ism Related formslo·cal·ist, nounlo·cal·is·tic, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for localist localism noun

  1. a pronunciation, phrase, etc, peculiar to a particular locality
  2. another word for provincialism

Derived Formslocalist, nounlocalistic, adjective Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for localist n.

1680s, from local (adj.) + -ist. Related: Localistic.

localism n.

“attachment to a particular locality,” 1803, from local (adj.) + -ism. Meaning “something characteristic of a particular locality” is from 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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