suburb

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noun sub·urb \ˈsə-ˌbərb\

Definition of suburb

  1. 1a :  an outlying part of a city or townb :  a smaller community adjacent to or within commuting distance of a cityc plural :  the residential area on the outskirts of a city or large town

  2. 2 plural :  the near vicinity :  environs

suburban

play \sə-ˈbər-bən\ adjective or noun

suburbanite

play \-bə-ˌnīt\ noun

Origin and Etymology of suburb

Middle English suburbe, from Anglo-French, from Latin suburbium, from sub- near + urbs city — more at sub-


First Known Use: 14th century



SUBURB Defined for English Language Learners

suburb

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noun sub·urb \ˈsə-ˌbərb\

Definition of suburb for English Language Learners

  • : a town or other area where people live in houses near a larger city


SUBURB Defined for Kids

suburb

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noun sub·urb \ˈsə-ˌbərb\

Definition of suburb for Students

  1. :  a smaller community close to a city

suburban

\sə-ˈbər-bən\ adjective


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