urbanity

[ ur-ban-i-tee ]
/ ɜrˈbæn ɪ ti /

noun, plural ur·ban·i·ties.

the quality of being urbane; refined courtesy or politeness; suavity: He was the last word in urbanity.
urbanities, civilities or amenities.
the quality or state of being urban.

Nearby words

  1. urbanisation,
  2. urbanism,
  3. urbanist,
  4. urbanistic,
  5. urbanite,
  6. urbanization,
  7. urbanize,
  8. urbanized,
  9. urbanology,
  10. urbi et orbi

Origin of urbanity

From the Latin word urbānitās, dating back to 1525–35. See urbane, -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for urbanity

urbanity

/ (ɜːˈbænɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the quality of being urbane
(usually plural) civilities or courtesies
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Word Origin and History for urbanity

urbanity

n.

1530s, from French urbanité (14c.) or directly from Latin urbanitas, from urbanus (see urban).

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