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 formsur·bane·ly, adverbur·bane·ness, nounun·ur·bane, adjectiveun·ur·bane·ly, adverb
Can be confusedurban urbane

Synonyms for urbane

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Examples from the Web for urbanely

Historical Examples of urbanely

  • Urbanely he desired to have the honour of being acquainted with their names.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Urbanely he handed her into the coach, and, after her, her woman.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • “Monsieur is doubtless a great traveller,” he remarked, urbanely.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • All was smoothly, exquisitely polished: urbanely, beautifully French.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • "I could have let the carabinieri take you to prison," he said urbanely.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for urbanely



characterized by elegance or sophistication
Derived Formsurbanely, adverburbaneness, noun

Word Origin for urbane

C16: from Latin urbānus belonging to the town; see urban
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Word Origin and History for urbanely



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.

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