[suh-bur-buh n]
  1. pertaining to, inhabiting, or being in a suburb or the suburbs of a city or town.
  2. characteristic of a suburb or suburbs.
  1. a suburbanite.
  2. a short overcoat for casual wear.
  3. station wagon.

Origin of suburban

1615–25; < Latin suburbānus, equivalent to sub- sub- + urb(s) city + -ānus -an
Related formssub·ur·ban·ism, nounnon·sub·ur·ban, adjective, nounsem·i·sub·ur·ban, adjectiveun·sub·ur·ban, adjective
Can be confusedrural suburban urban (see synonym study at rural) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for suburbanism

Historical Examples of suburbanism

  • Thus it was removed for the present from the contaminating contact of the "commuter" and all the commonness of suburbanism.

    Clark's Field

    Robert Herrick

British Dictionary definitions for suburbanism


  1. of, relating to, situated in, or inhabiting a suburb or the suburbs
  2. characteristic of or typifying a suburb or the suburbs
  3. censorious narrow or unadventurous in outlook
  1. another word for suburbanite
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Word Origin and History for suburbanism



1620s, from suburb + -an.

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