the suburbs

plural noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

suburb play suburbs
  1. : an outlying part of a city or town

  2. : a smaller community adjacent to or within commuting distance of a city

  3. : the residential area on the outskirts of a city or large town


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