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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Threats continue for the few hundred surviving animals, also called a puma, with suburbia invading their remaining Everglades refuge and rising sea levels expected to take more. Kevin Spear,, 5 Dec. 2021 The point of running new highways, the theory goes, was providing middle-class whites with a path into suburbia. Steven Malanga, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 Earlier route proposals were met with concerns over proximity to homes, churches and schools in neighborhoods in the densely populated suburbia between Palmer and Wasilla, Castro said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 On this corner of suburbia, Watkins enters drivers’ lives for 10 or 15 seconds at red lights. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 24 Mar. 2022 Black authors are carrying us into bird sanctuaries, catholic mass pews, sweeping tropical graveyards, locker room huddles, ship bows, and the hollows of suburbia this season. Admin, Essence, 7 Jan. 2022 The population growth has strained the county’s limited housing stock, spurring debate over zoning changes that has appeared, at times, like a referendum on traditional notions of suburbia. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 Generally, those living in outer suburbia and rural areas will pay less than motorists in large urban areas where there is a greater probability of getting into a wreck and/or having a car get damaged or stolen. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Joe says Shirley Jackson wrote that suburbia is where people go to come apart. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 17 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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9 Jun 2022

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“Suburbia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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