Definition of suburb
1a : an outlying part of a city or townb : a smaller community adjacent to or within commuting distance of a cityc suburbs plural : the residential area on the outskirts of a city or large town
2 suburbs plural : the near vicinity : environs
suburbanplay \sə-ˈbər-bən\ adjective or noun
suburbaniteplay \-bə-ˌnīt\ noun
Recent Examples of suburb from the Web
Photographer Vance Neudorf caught some stunning footage yesterday of a tornado forming in Three Hills, a suburb of Calgary, Canada.
There are 2 percent fewer buyers on the market versus 2016 but there are 16 percent fewer homes for sale in the western suburbs, said Scott Berg, managing broker at Berg Properties in Oak Park.
Meanwhile, home values are falling in London’s suburbs, suggesting the market slowdown that began almost two years ago in expensive districts continues to ripple out.
Eleven of the casualties occurred in the city itself, while five occurred in the surrounding suburbs.
Go to the public library in your Los Angeles suburb and ask for all the great books people in New York City read, please.
In the Philadelphia suburbs, former Air Force officer Chrissy Houlahan is challenging two-term Republican Rep. Ryan Costello in one of 23 districts where Democrat Hillary Clinton topped Trump in November.
The activists descended on the area around Trump National Golf Club here in the Washington suburbs, holding placards on a street corner and shouting outside the tournament gates, as the club hosted the Senior P.G.A. Championship.
In addition, critics charge that P3s narrow where infrastructure projects happen; replacing water systems for the poor in Flint won’t make back the kind of money that a bridge or toll road connecting an affluent suburb might.
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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
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
Definition of suburb for Students
: a smaller community close to a city
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