ur·​ban·​ite | \ ˈər-bə-ˌnīt How to pronounce urbanite (audio) \

Definition of urbanite

: a person who lives in a city

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Recent Examples on the Web Like urbanites around the world, New Yorkers barred from offices, bars, theaters, and restaurants are crowding into the city’s public spaces, often trampling social distancing rules in the process. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Pandemic Could Be an Opportunity to Remake Cities," 13 Apr. 2020 Shandaken Inn Just a few hours from New York City, the Catskills have long been a place for busy urbanites to escape in search of a winter wonderland. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The Catskills Are a Perfect Winter Weekend Getaway—Even If You Don't Ski," 11 Feb. 2020 Together the three men introduced a generation of young urbanites to the work of Depression-era rural performers like Dock Boggs, Elizabeth Cotten and Blind Alfred Reed. Bill Friskics-warren, New York Times, "John Cohen, Champion of Old-Time Music, Is Dead at 87," 17 Sep. 2019 People now use more than seventy per cent of the earth’s ice-free land, according to a special report, published in August, by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, much of it to serve the interests of urbanites. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Rem Koolhaas’s Journey to the Countryside," 9 Mar. 2020 The online ferment of angry urbanites who had criticized the government’s mishandling of the crisis has dwindled for now. Dexter Roberts, WSJ, "The Discontent of Migrants Looms Over China," 6 Mar. 2020 The incident also spoke to the divide between town and country, between the urbanites who buy the organic eggs, and the farm folk who kill the pigs and sheep that people eat. Washington Post, "A British barrister was known for battling Brexit. Then he beat a fox to death, while wearing a kimono.," 30 Dec. 2019 But lying just beyond these urbanites is what many find surprising: the bald eagles, red bats, fringed orchids, sensitive ferns, and coyotes that also make their homes among us. New York Times, "Respect the Hustle of Soda Can Raccoon and Murder Cat," 22 Nov. 2019 Environmental protests against the construction of chemical plants in the cities of Xiamen and Dalian in 2007 and 2011, for example, drew students and urbanites. Yuqi Na, The Conversation, "Coronavirus unites a divided China in fear, grief and anger at government," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of urbanite

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Urbanite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanite. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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