[ suhb-urb ]
/ ˈsʌb ɜrb /


a district lying immediately outside a city or town, especially a smaller residential community.
the suburbs, the area composed of such districts.
an outlying part.

Origin of suburb

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin suburbium, equivalent to sub- sub- + urb(s) city + -ium -ium

Related forms

sub·urbed, adjectiveun·sub·urbed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suburb


/ (ˈsʌbɜːb) /


a residential district situated on the outskirts of a city or town

Derived Forms

suburbed, adjective

Word Origin for suburb

C14: from Latin suburbium, from sub- close to + urbs a city
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