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[ur-buh n] /ˈɜr bən/
of, relating to, or designating a city or town.
living in a city.
characteristic of or accustomed to cities; citified:
He is an urban type.
Origin of urban
1610-20; < Latin urbānus, equivalent to urb- (stem of urbs) city + -ānus -an
Related forms
antiurban, adjective
nonurban, adjective
semiurban, adjective
unurban, adjective
Can be confused
rural, suburban, urban (see synonym study at rural)
urban, urbane. Unabridged
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of, relating to, or constituting a city or town
living in a city or town
(of music) emerging and developing in densely populated areas of large cities, esp those populated by people of African or Caribbean origin Compare rural
Word Origin
C17: from Latin urbānus, from urbs city
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Word Origin and History for non-urban



"characteristic of city life," 1610s (but rare before 1830s), from Latin urbanus "of or pertaining to a city or city life," as a noun, "city dweller," from urbs (genitive urbis) "city," of unknown origin. The word gradually emerged in this sense as urbane became restricted to manners and styles of expression. In late 20c. American English gradually acquiring a suggestion of "African-American." Urban renewal, euphemistic for "slum clearance," is attested from 1955, American English. Urban sprawl recorded by 1958. Urban legend attested by 1980.

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