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Examples of urbane in a Sentence
The dialogue is witty and urbane.
a gentlemanly and urbane host of elegant dinner parties
Recent Examples of urbane from the Web
Not to bring up a sad subject, but the passing of Steely Dan’s Walter Becker: His songs were urbane, cosmopolitan, and his playing stellar.
Even before his divorce in 1959, Hefner sought to embody the Playboy image of the carefree, urbane man about town.
And being inside the Baccarat Hotel is like being inside a fine crystal lamp where an urbane French genie who wears Louis Vuitton suits lives.
For the rest of us, what shines on is Becker’s lithe, urbane artistry.
As a result, designers are rethinking everything from dog dishes to cat beds, creating urbane and design-savvy products that fit in with a modern home space.
If his supporters felt humiliated and dislocated and eclipsed by an urbane black president, Trump would make that president’s voters feel even worse.
Richard Wilbur, whose meticulous, urbane poems earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and selection as the national poet laureate, died on Saturday in Belmont, Mass.
Guzman lends an appealing feel of urbane reserve to the Academic, who takes the hapless Writer under his wing but soon finds the two are at odds on a whole host of topics (right down to the merits of their respective Brooklyn neighborhoods).
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When Should You Use urbane?
City slickers and country folk have long debated whether life is better in town or in the wide open spaces, and urbane is a term that springs from the throes of that debate. The word traces back to Latin urbs, meaning "city," and in its earliest English uses urbane was synonymous with its close relative urban ("of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city"). Urbane developed its modern sense of savoir faire from the belief (no doubt fostered by city dwellers) that living in the city made one more suave and polished than did leading a rural life.
Origin and Etymology of urbane
First Known Use: circa 1623See Words from the same year
Synonymsdebonair, smooth, sophisticated, svelte, suave
Antonymsboorish, churlish, classless, clownish, loutish, uncouth
Related Wordscavalier, glib, slick, unctuous; civilized, couth, cultivated, cultured, genteel, graceful, gracious, poised, polished, refined, well-bred; cosmopolitan, metro, metropolitan, smart, worldly-wise; experienced, knowing, practiced (also practised), schooled, seasoned; amiable, appealing, attractive; assured, calm, collected, composed, confident, cool, placid, secure, self-assured, self-confident, self-possessed, serene, tranquil, undisturbed, unperturbed
Near Antonymsawkward, clumsy, gauche, graceless, stiff, stilted, uncomfortable, uneasy, ungraceful, wooden; callow, green, inexperienced, puerile, raw; hick, parochial, provincial, rough-hewn, rustic (also rustical); inelegant, philistine, uncivilized, uncultured, unrefined; unsophisticated, unworldly; gawky, lubberly, stodgy, ungainly; diffident, insecure
Synonym Discussion of urbane
- a suave public relations coordinator
- an urbane traveler
- a diplomatic negotiator
- a bland master of ceremonies
- a smooth salesman
- a cunningly politic manager
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