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 In 2019, Peoria students partnered with the city to paint in several Old Town intersections in a bid to give the area a sense of place and break out of the beige mold that covers much of the Valley's suburbia. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Peoria voters could shape the future of the city's development with Proposition 445," 21 Oct. 2020 No county in the nation had as large a swing to the Democrats between 2016 and 2020 as this fast-growing swath of suburbia, according to data analyzed by TargetSmart, a Democratic vote targeting firm. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Georgia’s political change came fast but has deep roots," 28 Dec. 2020 Another third are stashing money away for a vacation next year, while just over one-quarter are looking to buy a car after some left big cities for suburbia due to the rise in COVID cases and the ability to work remotely. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Bye, Bye 2020! More than half of Americans are optimistic about their finances in 2021 after rough year," 17 Dec. 2020 The Puente Hills Preserve may be one of the most underappreciated green-space interruptions of board-flat suburbia on the planet. Jordan Rane, Los Angeles Times, "9 hikes to be grateful for this Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 The utopian sheen of American suburbia is a mere lick of paint over the dark forces of fear, greed, and violence. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Suburbs Are Still Hell," 2 Sep. 2020 Biden had targeted all three on the theory that changing demographics and shifting allegiances in suburbia would be enough to turn the state from red to blue. Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, "Nail-biting, stomach-churning election night ends with cliffhanger," 4 Nov. 2020 Even as Trump framed the election as a battle over suburbia, Biden flipped three Fairfield County towns (Trumbull, Brookfield and Sherman). Michael Hamad,, "11 Connecticut towns that tell the story of the 2020 presidential election," 12 Nov. 2020 Both candidates steered toward the middle, vying for a state Trump won handily four years ago, but where swaths of suburbia have shown signs of disillusionment with the president. Ben Nadler, Anchorage Daily News, "Perdue, Ossoff head to Georgia US Senate runoff," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Suburbia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of suburbia

: suburbs in general also : people who live in suburbs

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