Origin of urbane
Examples from the Web for urbane
He is, by all accounts, brilliant; a dashing, urbane go-getter who exudes charm.This Scary-Smart New Minister of Economy Might Just Turn France Around|Tracy McNicoll|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And menswear designer Michael Bastian created a world of gentlemen farmers and urbane dandies.Designing for the One Percent at New York Fashion Week|Robin Givhan|February 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The year 2011 was particularly tough for the usually gracious and urbane president.Hamid Karzai Tells The Daily Beast That U.S. Night Raids Must End|Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai|January 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As a passionate and urbane liberal, Obama bore more than a passing resemblance to JFK.
He would have had some urbane, cynical and delightfully disillusioning remarks to offer.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]|Christopher Darlington Morley
The chief gave this plan his urbane countenance, and the twins and Dan Earl were greatly pleased.Whilomville Stories|Stephen Crane
The urbane storeman saved the situation by inquiring of the cook: "What will you have for lunch?"The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
To our amazement, Tufik was still smiling, urbane and cheerful.Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions|Mary Roberts Rinehart
He detected beneath that courteous smile and that urbane manner the signs of care.Kenelm Chillingly, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for urbane
Word Origin for urbane
Word Origin and History for urbane
1530s, "of or relating to cities or towns," from Middle French urbain (14c.), from Latin urbanus "belonging to a city," also "citified, elegant" (see urban). The meaning "having the manners of townspeople, courteous, refined" is first attested 1620s. Urbanity in this sense is recorded from 1530s. For sense connection, cf. human/humane.