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Do place and venue have the same meaning? If not what are the differences and when do we use which?

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A venue is a special kind of place:

venue |ˈvenˌyoō| noun the place where something happens, esp. an organized event such as a concert, conference, or sports event : the river could soon be the venue for a powerboat world championship event. [NOAD]

Thus all venues are places, but not all places are venues. Your house, for example, is a place. The stadium in your city is a venue. Your house could be a venue, however, if you were to host some kind of gathering there.

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Thanks. So a venue always relates to an event? –  jpartogi Jun 12 '11 at 14:25
    
That is correct. –  Robusto Jun 12 '11 at 14:29

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