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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Heatwaves and protests this month in New York, London and Hong Kong may have left some urbanites dreaming of weekend breaks on isolated beaches. Ben Stupples, Fortune, "Here’s Where the Wealthy Go in Their Private Jets," 26 July 2019 The most likely consumers to subscribe, McKinsey found: Young urbanites with money. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Schwab Bets That Investors Will ‘Binge’ on Advice With Netflix-like Subscription Service," 28 Aug. 2019 Fesseau’s own neighbors, who are retired, are two such urbanites. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "A French rooster called Maurice is being sued by his neighbors," 6 July 2019 Reuters/Radu Sigheti While the Out of Africa romance has long beguiled the western imagination, international millennial tastes are challenging that narrative, as are those of Africa’s own affluent urbanites. Lee Middleton, Quartz Africa, "Luxury safaris are trying to reinvent by getting greener and curbing an “Out of Africa” culture," 14 June 2019 On the flip side, that means urbanites have a lot of power to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Here’s how city dwellers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming," 12 June 2019 The Byar Volta is an electric city bike designed for urbanites with a penchant for luxury, not speed. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Byar Volta is a shaft-driven e-bike that might never need charging," 17 July 2019 But even as well-to-do urbanites embraced greenery, voters in Queensland, where the economy has struggled since the end of the mining boom, warmed to the idea of the mine. The Economist, "Adani’s giant Australian coal mine gets the go-ahead," 29 June 2019 Perhaps, the author speculates, urbanites living in dense neighborhoods like these simply become acclimated to large municipal governments and powerful civil-society organizations like unions. Lyman Stone, WSJ, "‘Why Cities Lose’ Review: Where Politics Meets Geography," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of urbanite

1897, in the meaning defined above

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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