[ kon-er-bey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn ərˈbeɪ ʃən /


an extensive urban area resulting from the expansion of several cities or towns so that they coalesce but usually retain their separate identities.

Origin of conurbation

1910–15; con- + Latin urb- (stem of urbs) city + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for conurbation


/ (ˌkɒnɜːˈbeɪʃən) /


a large densely populated urban sprawl formed by the growth and coalescence of individual towns or cities

Word Origin for conurbation

C20: from con- + -urbation, from Latin urbs city; see urban
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Word Origin and History for conurbation



1915, from Latin com- "with, together" (see com-) + urbs "city" + -ation. Coined by Scottish biologist and urban planner Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) in "Cities in Evolution."

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