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.
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Recent Examples on the Web There's been a lot of creepy and concerning news about how Amazon's Ring smart doorbells are bringing surveillance to suburbia and sparking data-sharing relationships between Amazon and law enforcement. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Why Ring Doorbells Perfectly Exemplify the IoT Security Crisis," 12 Dec. 2019 The couple lived on Capitol Hill (with a garden in the front yard of their rowhouse) before decamping to suburbia. Washington Post, "Lawns are in retreat. Is suburbia ready for the frontward veggie garden?," 11 Sep. 2019 Now, past the sprawling suburbia, a beautiful burgeoning wine country beckons. Karen Kelso, Orange County Register, "Great Escape: Having a Tuscan time in Temecula," 18 Dec. 2019 Tucked into a rumpled space at the fringe of suburbia, the Goldfield Mountains north of Apache Junction are rife with exploratory hiking opportunities. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Get to know the rugged Goldfield Mountains on this not too tough hike with great views," 5 Dec. 2019 First, there are the cool ones, and they increasingly are inclined to live in the city itself rather than on a mock manor out there in the Lyme-diseasey wilds of nutmeg suburbia. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in Greenwich, Conn.?," 10 Nov. 2019 And Balfe is there again, in the movie’s best scene—no cars, no crowds, simply a sunny day in suburbia. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Boys Will Be Boys in “Ford v Ferrari”," 8 Nov. 2019 This isn’t suburbia so don’t be tempted to get a roomy vehicle. Sheryl Julian,, "For two weeks’ vacation, all you need is a carry-on and these handy travel tips," 30 July 2019 Wright is said to have invented the carport, that fixture of the low end of American suburbia. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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7 Feb 2020

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“Suburbia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suburbia

: suburbs in general also : people who live in suburbs

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