Origin of suburb
Examples from the Web for suburb
By September, he was flashing a thumbs-up to assembled fans as he walked into court in a Barcelona suburb.
On a recent trip to a rough Roman suburb, he apologized for the extra police protection.
And as this map shows, there are now five Soofas in Boston proper as well as two in the suburb of Babson.
Stephen Knolls School is a public school in a Maryland suburb of Washington DC.
On August 21, rockets struck in the east and west of the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, at the time a rebel stronghold.
About seven o'clock we passed through Fordsburg, a suburb of Johannesburg.My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War|Ben Viljoen.
The fashionable watering-place of Drainville-on-Sea has a suburb in which apartments may be obtained at a very reasonable figure.
Penny boats ply between city and suburb, on Sundays and holidays the music of a barrel-organ being thrown into the bargain.The Mediterranean|T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
He lives in a poky house in a suburb, and works harder than anyone I know.The Silent Isle|Arthur Christopher Benson
The population was almost seven thousand, and the suburb was being extended.Under Four Administrations|Oscar S. Straus
British Dictionary definitions for suburb
Word Origin for suburb
Word Origin and History for suburb
mid-14c., "residential area outside a town or city," from Old French suburbe, from Latin suburbium "an outlying part of a city," from sub "below, near" (see sub-) + urbs (genitive urbis) "city." An Old English word for it was underburg. Close to crowds but just beyond the reach of municipal jurisdiction, suburbs in 17c., especially those of London, had a sense of "inferior, debased, and licentious habits or life" (e.g. suburban sinner, slang for "loose woman, prostitute"). By 1817, the tinge had shifted to "inferior manners and narrow views." Compare also French equivalent faubourg.
[T]he growth of the metropolis throws vast numbers of people into distant dormitories where ... life is carried on without the discipline of rural occupations and without the cultural resources that the Central District of the city still retains. [Lewis Mumford, 1922]