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

Keep scrolling for more

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

The exurbs, the engine of the American housing market, are back. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "A Decade After the Housing Bust, the Exurbs Are Back," 26 Mar. 2019 Once a sparsely populated enclave and political backwater, Prince William County — 30 miles southwest of Washington — has grown at a torrid pace in recent decades as families in search of good schools and a front yard pushed into the exurbs. New York Times, "Corey Stewart, Virginia Senate Nominee, Evokes Trump on Racial Issues," 17 June 2018 The district runs from the San Francisco exurb of Tracy to the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. New York Times, "Vulnerable Republicans See Immigration as Political Salvation," 1 June 2018 One of them — Barbara Comstock — represents the swing suburbs and exurbs of Washington, D.C., in a district that opted for Hillary Clinton by 10 percentage points over Trump two years ago. Washington Post, "GOP frets Virginia Senate candidate may impact House races," 14 June 2018 About 250 miles away, in the eastern exurbs of Denver, the volunteer shortage has become so noticeable that local fire chiefs talk about it in life-or-death terms. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Answering the call," 1 June 2018 The question for the general election is whether Abrams can parlay her support to hold down likely losses in North Georgia and capture some of the Atlanta exurbs. BostonGlobe.com, "5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primary elections," 24 May 2018 Abrams performed similarly well in many of Atlanta’s largely white suburbs and exurbs. BostonGlobe.com, "5 takeaways from Tuesday’s primary elections," 24 May 2018 Reporters from all over the world streamed into Clackamas, Ore., Harding’s home town and a rural exurb of Portland. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "‘As crazy as it was’: Reporters recall the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan feeding frenzy," 4 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'exurb.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of exurb

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exurb

ex- + suburb

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about exurb

Statistics for exurb

Last Updated

28 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for exurb

The first known use of exurb was in 1955

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on exurb

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with exurb

Nglish: Translation of exurb for Spanish Speakers

Comments on exurb

What made you want to look up exurb? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!