urban

adjective ur·ban \ ˈər-bən \

Definition of urban

:of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city

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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


Urban

biographical name Ur·ban \ ˈər-bən \

Definition of Urban

name of 8 popes: especially II ( Odo play \ˈō-(ˌ)dō\ of Lagery) circa 1035–1099 (pope 1088–99)


URBAN Defined for English Language Learners

urban

adjective

Definition of urban for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to cities and the people who live in them


URBAN Defined for Kids

urban

adjective ur·ban \ ˈər-bən \

Definition of urban for Students

:of, relating to, or being a city
  • urban life


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