Definition of urban
: of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city
Recent Examples of urban from the Web
But this is the heaviest urban fighting since the second world war.
Farmlands in the south give way to urban centers in the north along the Ohio River.
These are hospitals that are larger or wealthier, mostly in the state's urban centers.
Missouri, where Republicans gained complete control of government in 2016, is the latest red state to roll back laws passed by blue cities, dealing a blow to labor and progressive organizers who hope to build urban beachheads in the Trump era.
Way different than many people in more urban areas like Louisville and Lexington.
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During her modeling gigs in places such as Paris and Beijing, Ms. Kwong became fascinated with how cities function and got a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Columbia University in 2012.
At a family wedding in Kentucky, with all three kids dressed up—and fascinated by roaming deer—far from their usual urban turf.
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The suburbs vs. the urbs
Given that most of the common words in our language beginning sub- tend to have meanings concerned with “beneath” (as in subterranean and submarine) or “less than” (as with subpar), you would be forgiven for assuming that the suburbs were so named because of their location below, or their status as less than, their urban counterparts. Not so, however: sub- may have other meanings at the beginning of a word; in this case, it indicates not depth or inferiority, but proximity. In other words, the suburbs are a region close to the urbs.
Is urbs an English word? Yes; it is rarely used, but it refers typically to a city, particularly when distinguished from a suburb.
Origin and Etymology of urban
Latin urbanus, from urbs city
First Known Use: circa 1634See Words from the same year
URBAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of urban for English Language Learners
: of or relating to cities and the people who live in them
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Definition of urban for Students
: of, relating to, or being a city urban life
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