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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
We’re repeatedly told, but never shown, that people are urbane and witty and intelligent.
David is the type of urbane teenager so commonplace in suburban high schools, a film and journalism geek, a stringer for the local Sun Sentinel who also aspires to be an aerospace engineer.
Outdoors, the feeling is relaxed and urbane, with white canvas chairs, nautical ropes and couches and candles lending a romantic vibe.
As president, Ramaphosa, who has spent the past two decades in business and presents an urbane contrast to Zuma, may turn the tide.
The key to living large: rigorous editing and a richly urbane gray palette.
Meanwhile, the rubber sole gives this urbane shoe some hard working street cred, making it an ideal day-to-night, weekend-to-weekday style.
With this in mind, Ediger adopted a more urbane approach to seaside style for the young couple and their growing family.
And t\o Robert Guillaume, the urbane, distinguished butler Benson DuBois.
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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
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
URBANE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of urbane for English Language Learners
: polite and confident
: fashionable and somewhat formal
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