[ ur-beyn ]
/ ɜrˈbeɪn /


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.

Origin of urbane

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

urban urbane
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British Dictionary definitions for urbane


/ (ɜːˈbeɪn) /


characterized by elegance or sophistication

Derived Forms

urbanely, adverburbaneness, noun

Word Origin for urbane

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