suburbia

noun
sub·​ur·​bia | \ sə-ˈbər-bē-ə \

Definition of suburbia

1 : the suburbs of a city
2 : people who live in the suburbs
3 : suburban life

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Synonyms for suburbia

Synonyms

environs, outskirts, purlieus

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Examples of suburbia in a Sentence

a problem that is common in suburbia the percentage of the country's population living in suburbia The film is an interesting critique of suburbia.
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That changed with the development of California’s freeway system, which created the transportation arteries that gave rise to a vast Sunbelt suburbia. Michael R. Blood, The Seattle Times, "Changing Orange County, California, gives Democrats hope," 16 Oct. 2018 In this case, the setting is the tract-house suburbia of certain stretches of the San Fernando Valley. Sheri Linden, latimes.com, "Zoey Deutch blossoms at the center of the wobbly dark teen comedy 'Flower'," 15 Mar. 2018 Millions of Bradford pears would be planted from California to Massachusetts and would come to signal the dream and aspirations of postwar suburbia. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 But the accusations revealed in federal court last month left out far uglier details of past policing practices in tranquil Biscayne Park, a leafy wedge of suburbia just north of Miami Shores. Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 2018 The movie’s conservative appeal went beyond its dryly affectionate portrait of Middle American suburbia. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "How the dazzling, overstuffed ‘Incredibles 2’ holds up a cracked mirror to present-day reality," 4 July 2018 In others still, suburbia has become a new host for the cultural avant-garde; Kanye West recently built the new Yeezy headquarters in Calabasas, California, just west of the San Fernando Valley. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018 Neither pets nor possessions are spared as his small section of manicured suburbia, soaked in bitter enmity and pearl-gray light, begins to crumble. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: An Icelandic Suburb Hides Deep Dysfunction ‘Under the Tree’," 5 July 2018 Multigenerational living is much more common in Asia and Europe, underscoring how the modern U.S. lifestyle, and our push toward sprawl, suburbia, single-family homes, and senior-only housing, has created a generational divide. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How intergenerational living benefits the ‘book-end’ generations," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of suburbia

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suburbia

New Latin, from English suburb

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The first known use of suburbia was in 1870

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suburbia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of suburbia

: suburbs in general also : people who live in suburbs

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