ur·​ban ˈər-bən How to pronounce urban (audio)
: of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city

Examples of urban in a Sentence

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Word History


Latin urbanus, from urbs city

First Known Use

circa 1634, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of urban was circa 1634

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“Urban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urban. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ur·​ban ˈər-bən How to pronounce urban (audio)
: of, relating to, typical of, or being a city
urban life
an urban area

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ur·​ban ˈər-bən How to pronounce Urban (audio)
name of 8 popes: especially II ( Odo ˈō-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce Urban (audio) of Lagery) circa 1035–1099 (pope 1088–99)

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