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exurb

[ ek-serb, eg-zerb ]
/ ˈɛk sərb, ˈɛg zərb /
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noun

a small, usually prosperous, community situated beyond the suburbs of a city.

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Origin of exurb

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; ex-1 + (sub)urb
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