urban

[ ur-buh n ]
/ ˈɜr bən /

adjective

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

Definition for urban (2 of 9)

Urban I

[ ur-buh n ]
/ ˈɜr bən /

noun

Saint, pope a.d. 222–230.

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Urban II


noun

OdoorOtho, c1042–99, French ecclesiastic: pope 1088–99.

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Urban III


noun

Uberto Crivelli, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1185–87.

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Urban IV


noun

Jacques Pantaléon, died 1264, French ecclesiastic: pope 1261–64.

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Urban V


noun

Guillaume de Grimoard, c1310–70, French ecclesiastic: pope 1362–70.

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Urban VI


noun

Bartolomeo Prignano, c1318–89, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1378–89.

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Urban VII


noun

Giovanni Battista Castagna, 1521–90, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1590.

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Urban VIII


noun

Maffeo Barberini, 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1623–44.
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urban

/ (ˈɜːbən) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for urban (2 of 4)

Urban II

/ (ˈɜːbən) /

noun

original name Odo or Udo. ?1042–99, French ecclesiastic; pope (1088–99). He inaugurated the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont (1095)

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Urban VI


noun

original name Bartolomeo Prignano ?1318–89, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1378–89). His policies led to the election of an antipope by the French cardinals, thus beginning the Great Schism in the West

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Urban VIII


noun

original name Maffeo Barberini. 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1623–44) during the Thirty Years' War, in which he supported Richelieu against the Hapsburgs
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