[ ur-buh n ]
/ ˈɜr bən /


of, relating to, or designating a city or town.
living in a city.
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 forms

an·ti·ur·ban, adjectivenon·ur·ban, adjectivesem·i·ur·ban, adjectiveun·ur·ban, adjective

Can be confused

rural suburban urban (see synonym study at rural)urban urbane
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/ (ˈɜːbən) /


of, relating to, or constituting a city or town
living in a city or town
(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 for urban

C17: from Latin urbānus, from urbs city
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