urbane

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adjective ur·bane \ˌər-ˈbān\

Definition of urbane

  1. :  notably polite or polished in manner

urbanely

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Examples of urbane in a sentence

  1. The dialogue is witty and urbane.

  2. <a gentlemanly and urbane host of elegant dinner parties>

Did You Know?

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

Latin urbanus urban, urbane


First Known Use: circa 1623

Synonym Discussion of urbane

suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction <a suave public relations coordinator>. urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience <an urbane traveler>. diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully <a diplomatic negotiator>. bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities <a bland master of ceremonies>. smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity <a smooth salesman>. politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people <a cunningly politic manager>.

URBANE Defined for English Language Learners

urbane

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adjective ur·bane \ˌər-ˈbān\

Definition of urbane for English Language Learners

  • : polite and confident

  • : fashionable and somewhat formal



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