ex·​urb | \ ˈek-ˌsərb How to pronounce exurb (audio) , ˈeg-ˌzərb How to pronounce exurb (audio) \

Definition of exurb

: a region or settlement that lies outside a city and usually beyond its suburbs and that often is inhabited chiefly by well-to-do families

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Other Words from exurb

exurban \ ek-​ˈsər-​bən How to pronounce exurban (audio) ; eg-​ˈzər-​ , ig-​ \ adjective

Examples of exurb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Major arteries run from big city to big city, then smaller branches cover those cities and extend to nearby suburbs and exurbs. Hubs in those smaller cities branch out to reach more towns. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk's Internet for Everyone Is Coming Very Soon," 24 Apr. 2020 New Delhi and its exurbs make up the worst of those. Raghu Karnad, The New Yorker, "The Coronavirus Offers a Radical New Vision for India’s Cities," 13 Apr. 2020 The latest incident occurred in the Washington exurb of Purcellville, Va., some 55 miles from the White House. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Trending: Out-of-control teens coughing on grocery store produce," 20 Mar. 2020 Among them are freshman Frisco Rep. Jared Patterson and nine-term Rep. Dan Flynn of Van, who represents some of the exurbs to the east and southeast of Dallas. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Trump impeachment bombshell, church shooter trains armed parishioners, special election today," 28 Jan. 2020 While Portland still makes up about half of the region’s multifamily construction, Kaylor said some of the city’s suburbs and exurbs are now poised for rapid expansion. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: Which cities are building the most housing? (And which aren’t building any?)," 27 Feb. 2020 Companies that have taken advantage of the industrial revolution in services grow by expanding into smaller cities or exurbs, and provide competition to previously dominant local monopolists. Chang-tai Hsieh And Esteban Rossi-hansberg, WSJ, "Big Business Is Driving America’s Smaller Cities," 6 Feb. 2020 Democrats lead by a wide margin of 42 points in the inner D.C. suburbs, but in the more competitive Northern Virginia exurbs, Republicans are up by 12 percentage points. Washington Post, "Poll finds Virginia voters focused on gun policy ahead of pivotal election," 4 Oct. 2019 But the surrounding province is a representative slice of modern Spain, from dormitory exurbs of Madrid to struggling industrial towns along the Tagus valley and rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves. The Economist, "Spain goes to the polls for the fourth time in four years," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of exurb

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exurb

ex- + suburb

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The first known use of exurb was in 1955

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13 May 2020

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“Exurb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exurb. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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