sub·​ur·​bia | \ sə-ˈbər-bē-ə How to pronounce suburbia (audio) \

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


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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In that sense, Kramer is the Zagat of tasteful suburbia. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Who are these people who write thousands of Amazon product reviews?," 14 June 2019 And the annual regional theater Tony Award went to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, a nonprofit founded in 1970 that is one of the nation’s few major regional theaters located in suburbia. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Who Won and What Happened at the 2019 Tony Awards," 9 June 2019 Speaking to The Verge, Scout VP Sean Scott explains that the company has created detailed virtual maps of American suburbia to accelerate development of the bot. James Vincent, The Verge, "Amazon is creating detailed 3D models of suburbia to train its new delivery robots," 8 June 2019 The movie’s setting is the tract-house suburbia of the San Fernando Valley. Sheri Linden, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Young star Zoey Deutch mesmerizing in ‘Flower’," 23 Mar. 2018 Most include stretches of suburbia that have been GOP strongholds but where many voters dislike Mr. Trump’s abrasive style and polarizing governance. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The ‘Red Wave’ Illusion," 8 Aug. 2018 Running parallel to Michael’s latest rampage through teenage suburbia is the story of Laurie Strode: Doomsday Prepper. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The new Halloween reimagines the franchise as a tale of maternal warrior women," 19 Oct. 2018 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,, "Zoey Deutch blossoms at the center of the wobbly dark teen comedy 'Flower'," 15 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of suburbia

: suburbs in general also : people who live in suburbs

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