the suburbs

plural noun

Definition of the suburbs

: towns or other areas where people live in houses near a larger city the suburbs of Chicago also : one of the suburbs of a city She left the city and moved to the suburbs.

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“The suburbs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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