[ur-buh-niz-uh m]


the way of life of people who live in a large city.

Origin of urbanism

1885–90; urban + -ism, modeled on French urbanisme
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Contemporary Examples of urbanism

Historical Examples of urbanism

  • Nobody could see at present that his urbanism sat upon him only as a garment.

    The Well-Beloved

    Thomas Hardy

British Dictionary definitions for urbanism


noun mainly US

  1. the character of city life
  2. the study of this
a less common term for urbanizationSee urbanization
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Word Origin and History for urbanism

1885, from urban + -ism.

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