ur·​ban·​ite | \ˈər-bə-ˌnīt \

Definition of urbanite 

: a person who lives in a city

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In fact, many urbanites visit specifically to reconnect with local craftsmanship. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 The gateway town of Talkeetna, Alaska (population: 870) already feels remote to an urbanite like myself, with its log cabins and dense forests. Carey Jones, Vogue, "On a Remote Glacier in the Middle of Alaska, I Learned the Magic of Disconnecting," 12 July 2018 Protecting all the new urbanites, especially the most vulnerable ones, will require greater integration between technologists, community organizations, and anthropologists. Annette M. Kim, The Atlantic, "Satellite Images Can Harm the Poorest Citizens," 5 June 2018 Many urbanites would resent additional competition for school places. The Economist, "Stop speculating, start livingChina is trying new ways of skimming housing-market froth," 15 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, the roll-out of cheap robotaxis in urban areas might encourage many young urbanites, who are already going off car ownership anyway, to abandon it altogether. The Economist, "Self-driving cars will require new business models," 1 Mar. 2018 The mellow way these cultural signifiers are treated, however, results not in an acid satire of progressive boho urbanites, but in an affectionate sendup. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Brooklyn’s Favorite Pot Dealer Returns," 18 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of urbanite

1897, in the meaning defined above

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