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Sunday, May 02, 2004

Definitions for urbane

  1. having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities: an urbane manner.
  2. reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., especially in expression: He maintained an urbane tone in his letters.

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Citations for urbane
I attended to all the ghastly formalities, and the urbane undertaker proved that his staff were afflicted—or blessed—with something of his own obsequious suavity. Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897
Then, if moral courage is not the requisite quality, what could it have been that this stout-hearted Slade lacked?—this bloody, desperate, kindly-mannered, urbane gentleman, who never hesitated to warn his most ruffianly enemies that he would kill them whenever or wherever he came across them next! Mark Twain, Roughing It, 1872
Origin of urbane
Urbane entered English in the 1520s and ultimately comes from the Latin urbānus meaning "belonging to the city."