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urban

[ur-buh n]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or designating a city or town.
  2. living in a city.
  3. 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 formsan·ti·ur·ban, adjectivenon·ur·ban, adjectivesem·i·ur·ban, adjectiveun·ur·ban, adjective
Can be confusedrural suburban urban (see synonym study at rural)urban urbane

Urban I

[ur-buh n]
noun
  1. Saint, pope a.d. 222–230.

Urban II

noun
  1. OdoorOtho, c1042–99, French ecclesiastic: pope 1088–99.

Urban III

noun
  1. Uberto Crivelli, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1185–87.

Urban IV

noun
  1. Jacques Pantaléon, died 1264, French ecclesiastic: pope 1261–64.

Urban V

noun
  1. Guillaume de Grimoard, c1310–70, French ecclesiastic: pope 1362–70.

Urban VI

noun
  1. Bartolomeo Prignano, c1318–89, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1378–89.

Urban VII

noun
  1. Giovanni Battista Castagna, 1521–90, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1590.

Urban VIII

noun
  1. Maffeo Barberini, 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1623–44.
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Examples from the Web for urban

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • The Government, I gather, have decided on a huge scheme for urban and rural housing.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • In the year 1378, a contest arose between two popes, Urban VI.

  • Their heritage made them less than appreciative of urban life.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • There can be little doubt that Urban was moved by a true and generous feeling.

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell

  • It is more probable, however, that Urban could not yet command Italian aid and unity.

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell


British Dictionary definitions for urban

urban

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or constituting a city or town
  2. living in a city or town
  3. (of music) emerging and developing in densely populated areas of large cities, esp those populated by people of African or Caribbean originCompare rural

Word Origin

C17: from Latin urbānus, from urbs city

Urban II

noun
  1. original name Odo or Udo. ?1042–99, French ecclesiastic; pope (1088–99). He inaugurated the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont (1095)

Urban VI

noun
  1. original name Bartolomeo Prignano ?1318–89, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1378–89). His policies led to the election of an antipope by the French cardinals, thus beginning the Great Schism in the West

Urban VIII

noun
  1. original name Maffeo Barberini. 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1623–44) during the Thirty Years' War, in which he supported Richelieu against the Hapsburgs
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Word Origin and History for urban

adj.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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