- 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
- Saint, pope a.d. 222–230.
- OdoorOtho, c1042–99, French ecclesiastic: pope 1088–99.
- Uberto Crivelli, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1185–87.
- Jacques Pantaléon, died 1264, French ecclesiastic: pope 1261–64.
- Guillaume de Grimoard, c1310–70, French ecclesiastic: pope 1362–70.
- Bartolomeo Prignano, c1318–89, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1378–89.
- Giovanni Battista Castagna, 1521–90, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1590.
- Maffeo Barberini, 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1623–44.
Related Words for urbandowntown, civil, metropolitan, civic, central, municipal, popular, public, town, village, burghal, citified, oppidan
Examples from the Web for urban
Contemporary Examples of urban
In the wee hours of Christmas morning, a flight deal was shared in an exclusive Facebook group for urban travelers.
Young, hip, urban millennials are using tools like Instagram to become one of the fastest growing travel markets.
His New Deal Coalition brought together Southerners, Northern ethnic minorities, and urban blacks under the same banner.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
His clothing line that his friend described as “upscale and urban” was a dud.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
No surprise then that aside from wealthy coastal suburbs, the Democratic base has shrunk to the urban cores and college towns.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Historical Examples of urban
The Government, I gather, have decided on a huge scheme for urban and rural housing.Another Sheaf
In the year 1378, a contest arose between two popes, Urban VI.Fox's Book of Martyrs
Their heritage made them less than appreciative of urban life.Sand Doom
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There can be little doubt that Urban was moved by a true and generous feeling.
It is more probable, however, that Urban could not yet command Italian aid and unity.
- 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
- original name Odo or Udo. ?1042–99, French ecclesiastic; pope (1088–99). He inaugurated the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont (1095)
- 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
- original name Maffeo Barberini. 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1623–44) during the Thirty Years' War, in which he supported Richelieu against the Hapsburgs
"characteristic of city life," 1610s (but rare before 1830s), from Latin urbanus "of or pertaining to a city or city life," as a noun, "city dweller," from urbs (genitive urbis) "city," of unknown origin. The word gradually emerged in this sense as urbane became restricted to manners and styles of expression. In late 20c. American English gradually acquiring a suggestion of "African-American." Urban renewal, euphemistic for "slum clearance," is attested from 1955, American English. Urban sprawl recorded by 1958. Urban legend attested by 1980.