ur·ban·ite | \ ˈər-bə-ˌnīt \

Definition of urbanite 

: a person who lives in a city

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Experts say that India’s organic product market has been driven by health-conscious, middle-class urbanites alarmed by the overuse of pesticides. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "Pesticides helped bring modern farming to India. One tiny state is leading the charge to ban them.," 31 May 2018 Most middle-class urbanites thought the protests were more an outpouring of frustration and anger than a movement with a clear goal. New York Times, "As Nuclear Sanctions Loom, ‘Normal Life’ Is Elusive for Iranians," 10 May 2018 Only about a fifth of urbanites rent homes in China, compared with a third in the rich world. The Economist, "Stop speculating, start livingChina is trying new ways of skimming housing-market froth," 15 Feb. 2018 Successful new urbanites don’t have as many habitat or dietary limitations, and therefore can find both of those things in a variety of landscapes. Aditi Shrikant, BostonGlobe.com, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 The joint product of Nissan’s styling studios in San Diego and Rio de Janeiro, the Kicks is a cutie aimed at young singles and couples who tend to be urbanites earning between 45 and 65 large. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Nissan's Kicks is a cute, useful hatchback, not a crossover," 5 July 2018 To Coleman, the project—and the debate that’s surrounded it—reflect the shifting priorities of a new kind of urbanite. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 Description: An elite group of urbanites balance love, career, family and friendships amid the bustling backdrop of the Big Apple. Trenesha N Striggles, azcentral, "Here's the shows you should binge-watch while it's hot outside," 27 June 2018 Often vilified or ignored by urbanites, architects, and critics, the suburb is nevertheless the residential heart of America. Anthony Alofsin, The Atlantic, "A Defense of the Suburbs," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of urbanite

1897, in the meaning defined above

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