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[suh-bur-buh n]
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  1. pertaining to, inhabiting, or being in a suburb or the suburbs of a city or town.
  2. characteristic of a suburb or suburbs.
  1. a suburbanite.
  2. a short overcoat for casual wear.
  3. station wagon.

Origin of suburban

1615–25; < Latin suburbānus, equivalent to sub- sub- + urb(s) city + -ānus -an
Related formssub·ur·ban·ism, nounnon·sub·ur·ban, adjective, nounsem·i·sub·ur·ban, adjectiveun·sub·ur·ban, adjective
Can be confusedrural suburban urban (see synonym study at rural)
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  1. of, relating to, situated in, or inhabiting a suburb or the suburbs
  2. characteristic of or typifying a suburb or the suburbs
  3. censorious narrow or unadventurous in outlook
  1. another word for suburbanite
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Word Origin and History for suburban


1620s, from suburb + -an.

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