a. The scene or setting in which something takes place; a locale: "that non-cinematic venue of popular nightmares, the discotheque" (P.J. O'Rourke).
b. A place for large gatherings, as a sports stadium.
a. The court where a lawsuit may or should be tried, usually because the cause of action arose in that locality.
b. The locality from which a jury may be drawn.
c. The locality where a crime is committed.
[Middle English, attack, arrival, from Old French, a coming, attack, from feminine past participle of venir, to come, from Latin venīre; see gwā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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