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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Not only would Barris get more money at ABC, but his half-hour series about an African-American family navigating white suburbia would have a substantially broader reach. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Noon Sunday 1964 film from director Sam Fuller about a former prostitute attempts to assimilate in suburbia after fleeing her pimp. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Sept. 6-12," 5 Sep. 2019 But the tradition withered with the rise of suburbia. Los Angeles Times, "Long Beach’s Iowa Picnic once drew 125,000. This year 160 attended but legacy lives on," 18 Aug. 2019 As residents and businesses fled the city for suburbia, planning staffs were cut back to almost nothing. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Maurice Cox, head of Detroit's planning efforts, resigning as of September," 19 July 2019 And no matter the office, all eyes are turning to the once solidly GOP areas of suburbia outside of Dallas and other major metros. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Why are so many Texas Republicans in Congress bolting for the exits, and what does it mean for 2020?," 9 Aug. 2019 Then, the post-war suburbia boom and planned obsolescence further encouraged the mass production of cheap products that needed to be bought again and again. Teresa L. Carey, Smithsonian, "How Women Are Leading the Charge to Recycle Whole Houses," 25 July 2019 Then there are the unfinished sections that send hikers onto roads and highways through Orlando’s suburbia. Eric Barton, Outside Online, "This Florida Thru-Hike Is Not for the Faint of Heart," 10 July 2019 Spielberg's mix of childhood wonder, optimism and heart (glowing, in this case) in suburbia reached its apex -- certainly commercially -- in this over-the-moon tale about a young boy befriending a stranded alien. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Essential movies of the '80s, from 'Raging Bull' to 'Do the Right Thing'," 9 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of suburbia

: suburbs in general also : people who live in suburbs

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to spread over or through

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