ur·​ban·​ite ˈər-bə-ˌnīt How to pronounce urbanite (audio)
: a person who lives in a city

Examples of urbanite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, urbanites had higher activity levels in one area of the brain known as the amygdala, which is a key area for emotional regulation and processing fear, compared to those living in smaller towns and rural areas. Brittany Edelmann, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 For those who want to experience island living, International Living recommends the Caribbean islands of San Andrés, Baru, and Providencia, while urbanites should look into cities like Manizales, Bogota, and Pereira. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 5 Jan. 2024 The 1920 census marked the first time that urbanites made up a majority of the nation’s population, and city dwellers weren’t humble about their ascendance. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 For more than 150 years, the elegant MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa has served as a social hub at the heart of Sonoma, California, welcoming urbanites seeking an elegant base to explore the region. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 8 Nov. 2023 Another reason to consider owning a second home here is that Dover is the ultimate weekend getaway for urbanites: Boston is 135 miles away; Albany, New York is just 88 miles away; and New York City is 216 miles south. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2023 In the morning, huge crowds of ordinary Indians, a mix of urbanites and villagers, flocked to the Central Vista on foot and by bicycle. Daniel Brook, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2023 Given the audience of affluent style-conscious urbanites, a baby Stelvio is perhaps not what the market ordered, as much as Alfa's fan base might have liked to see one. Georg Kacher, Car and Driver, 12 May 2023 As more creative, sustainability-minded urbanites move north of New York City, business owners are repurposing the deep stock of old buildings in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Sal Cataldi, New York Times, 27 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of urbanite was in 1897

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“Urbanite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanite. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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ur·​ban·​ite ˈər-bə-ˌnīt How to pronounce urbanite (audio)
: one living in a city

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