sub·​ur·​bia sə-ˈbər-bē-ə How to pronounce suburbia (audio)
: the suburbs of a city
: people who live in the suburbs
: suburban life

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 Unlike the big plots of suburbia, space is, well, a bit tight. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 2 Feb. 2024 In his eight previous novels, Evison has demonstrated a roving curiosity, his settings ranging from the prehistoric Cascade mountains to modern-day suburbia. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 How Long Deer Live—By the Numbers How long deer live depends on a host of factors, including whether the deer in question are captive or wild, hunted hard or hunted lightly, live in suburbia or in deep wilderness or in a CWD zone, and much more. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 31 Aug. 2023 At the same time, a number of young Chinese Americans are choosing, like Liang, to anchor themselves in the neighborhood, a reversal of traditional patterns of assimilation, in which the children of immigrants tend to leave crowded urban ethnic enclaves for the expansiveness of suburbia. Ligaya Mishan David Chow, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 The far West Side of Cleveland is a slice of suburbia in the city. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2023 Even in Ramallah – a gentrified suburbia of shopping malls and chic cafes and the PA seat of power since Oslo – its grip is rapidly loosening. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Aug. 2023 Local officials supported these demands, since universities served as economic-development engines for cities struggling with white flight to suburbia. Brandi Kellam and Louis Hansen, Virginia Center For Investigative Journalism At Whro, Essence, 5 Sep. 2023 The Hill Country sprawls across all or part of more than 20 counties in Central Texas, with booming Austin and San Antonio on the region’s eastern fringe driving a transformation from ranchland to suburbia. Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from English suburb

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of suburbia was in 1870

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“Suburbia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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sub·​ur·​bia sə-ˈbər-bē-ə How to pronounce suburbia (audio)
: the suburbs of a city
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