- 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
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.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
On a recent trip to a rough Roman suburb, he apologized for the extra police protection.The Pope’s Risky Trip
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 21, 2014
And as this map shows, there are now five Soofas in Boston proper as well as two in the suburb of Babson.Parks and Regeneration
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2014
Stephen Knolls School is a public school in a Maryland suburb of Washington DC.Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
On August 21, rockets struck in the east and west of the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, at the time a rebel stronghold.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
She and her aunt had lived for five years in this suburb of St. Ellis.The Golden Woman
This suburb of Berea is one of the prettiest spots in South Africa.Impressions of South Africa
There may be some time, when that part of the country becomes a suburb of Cordova!The Call of the Beaver Patrol
V. T. Sherman
He has a perfectly self-conscious joy that he is not in a square or a suburb.The Children
Not long thereafter the building in the suburb of Cooperstown was burned.
- a residential district situated on the outskirts of a city or town
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]