Of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular place: a local custom; the local slang. Of or relating to a city, town, or district rather than a larger area: state and local government. Not broad or general; not widespread: local outbreaks of flu. Of or affecting a specific part of the body: a local infection. Making all possible or scheduled stops on a route; not express: a local train. A public conveyance that makes several intermediate stops before the final destination is reached: changed trains to a local. A local chapter or branch of an organization, especially of a labor union. A local anesthetic. Informal A person from a particular locality.