- having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities: an urbane manner.
- reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., especially in expression: He maintained an urbane tone in his letters.
Origin of urbane
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Examples from the Web for urbanely
Urbanely he desired to have the honour of being acquainted with their names.Captain Blood
Urbanely he handed her into the coach, and, after her, her woman.The Tavern Knight
“Monsieur is doubtless a great traveller,” he remarked, urbanely.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
All was smoothly, exquisitely polished: urbanely, beautifully French.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
"I could have let the carabinieri take you to prison," he said urbanely.The Lure of the Mask
- characterized by elegance or sophistication
Word Origin and History for urbanely
1530s, "of or relating to cities or towns," from Middle French urbain (14c.), from Latin urbanus "belonging to a city," also "citified, elegant" (see urban). The meaning "having the manners of townspeople, courteous, refined" is first attested 1620s. Urbanity in this sense is recorded from 1530s. For sense connection, cf. human/humane.