Share this entry

Share this page

venue

Syllabification: ven·ue
Pronunciation: /ˈvenˌyo͞o
 
/

Definition of venue in English:

noun

1The place where something happens, especially an organized event such as a concert, conference, or sports event: the river could soon be the venue for a powerboat world championship event
More example sentences
  • One of the city's most popular live venues is taking a different route this year.
  • By the 1990s, the Capitol had again established itself as one of the city's most popular entertainment venues.
  • The hall is also an ideal venue for meetings, concerts and other social and cultural gatherings.
1.1 Law The county or district within which a criminal or civil case must be heard.
Example sentences
  • First, it can be inferred that the primary venue for trial of the young person should be the Youth Court.
  • The venue for the tribunal is expected to be Chaktomuk Theater Hall in central Phnom Penh.
  • Five court venues in County Mayo are to be discontinued as part of a major rationalisation by the Court Service.

Origin

late 16th century (denoting a thrust or bout in fencing; also in the Law sense): from Old French, literally 'a coming', feminine past participle of venir 'come', from Latin venire.

More
  • revenue from (Late Middle English):

    The word revenue is from Old French revenu(e) meaning ‘returned’, from Latin revenire ‘return’, from re- ‘back’ and venire ‘come’. An obsolete and rare use was ‘return to a place’; it was more commonly ‘yield from lands and property’, what would today be called a return on your investment. Venue (late 16th century) is an obvious relative. It was first used as a term for ‘an attack or ‘a thrust’ in fencing and as a legal term meaning ‘the county or district within which a criminal or civil case must be heard’. The sense of a place for entertainment only dates from the 1960s. Avenue (early 17th century) which at first meant ‘way of approaching a problem’ is another relative. It then developed a mainly military sense of a way to access a place, and from that a formal approach to a country house. Only in the middle of the 19th century did it become a term for a wide street.

Words that rhyme with venue

menu

Definition of venue in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtərpsikəˈrēən
adjective
of or relating to dancing