Simple Definition of urbane
: polite and confident
: fashionable and somewhat formal
Full Definition of urbane
: notably polite or polished in manner
Examples of urbane in a sentence
The dialogue is witty and urbane.
<a gentlemanly and urbane host of elegant dinner parties>
Did You Know?
City slickers and country folk have long debated whether life is better in town or in the wide open spaces, and urbane is a term that springs from the throes of that debate. The word traces back to Latin urbs, meaning "city," and in its earliest English uses urbane was synonymous with its close relative urban ("of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city"). Urbane developed its modern sense of savoir faire from the belief (no doubt fostered by city dwellers) that living in the city made one more suave and polished than did leading a rural life.
Origin of urbane
Latin urbanus urban, urbane
First Known Use: circa 1623
Synonym Discussion of urbane
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