ur·​ban·​ite | \ ˈər-bə-ˌnīt \

Definition of urbanite

: a person who lives in a city

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Location: Jackson, Wyoming Price: $11,900,000 New Yorkers and property owners in California are used to multimillion-dollar listings, but coastal urbanites aren’t usually as familiar with the top-dollar listings of ski country. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Mod mountain retreat asks $11.9M," 9 Nov. 2018 And the beds are not just for urbanites crammed in Manhattan walk-ups: Resource Furniture has shipped the foldaway berths to 34 states in 2018. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Murphy Beds: The Old-School Space Saver Is Back in Style," 27 Dec. 2018 Despite coming to cities with fewer resources, these new urbanites have helped fuel the urban economy by providing a large body of low-cost labor. Annette M. Kim, The Atlantic, "Satellite Images Can Harm the Poorest Citizens," 5 June 2018 For urbanites who travel frequently by ferry—hello there, New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco—this will be a welcome addition to your child’s library. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 Even matcha-sipping urbanites still sporting their Hillary pins know this is a not a stellar time for the American farmer, and that poverty, job stagnation, and drug use continue to plague rural America. Candice Rainey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Colorado Ranch Retreat That Gives You a Real Taste of Cowboy Life," 20 July 2018 General Motors plans to roll out a robo-taxi service next year that will let urbanites hail a driverless Chevrolet Bolt. William Boston, WSJ, "Will Tech Leave Detroit in the Dust?," 20 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of urbanite

1897, in the meaning defined above

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