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urbane

[ ur-beyn ]
/ ɜrˈbeɪn /
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adjective

having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities: an urbane manner.
reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., especially in expression: He maintained an urbane tone in his letters.

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Origin of urbane

1525–35; (<Middle French urbain) <Latin urbānus (see urban; for difference in stress and second syllable cf. human, humane)

OTHER WORDS FROM urbane

ur·bane·ly, adverbur·bane·ness, nounun·ur·bane, adjectiveun·ur·bane·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH urbane

urban, urbane
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British Dictionary definitions for urbane

urbane
/ (ɜːˈbeɪn) /

adjective

characterized by elegance or sophistication

Derived forms of urbane

urbanely, adverburbaneness, noun

Word Origin for urbane

C16: from Latin urbānus belonging to the town; see urban
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