ur·​ban·​i·​ty | \ ˌər-ˈba-nə-tē How to pronounce urbanity (audio) \
plural urbanities

Definition of urbanity

1 : the quality or state of being urbane
2 urbanities plural : urbane acts or conduct

Examples of urbanity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is well known that Kissinger admired Metternich for his urbanity and virtuosity as a statesman. A. Wess Mitchell, National Review, "Conservatives and Geopolitical Change," 2 Apr. 2020 Some 100 stores now carry her trademark blend of architectural body-conscious urbanity. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Will We Lose a Generation of Designers?," 2 Apr. 2020 Strung along the Danube River, three captivating cities — Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest — make up a triangle of enjoyable urbanity at the heart of central Europe. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "The Danube River trifecta: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest," 28 Nov. 2019 Manet’s buddy Charles Baudelaire, the disputatious journalist, poet and art critic, described artists’ emerging role as being painters of modern life, and urbanity seeped into many private nooks and crannies. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A Getty show rummages around in Edouard Manet’s private shadows," 22 Oct. 2019 Some people do tell her that Greenville is too small, too isolated from big-city attractions — a minor island of urbanity in a sea of farms and fields. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "After El Paso, the ‘send her back’ chant echoes to some as a prelude to murder," 13 Aug. 2019 In the surrounding countryside are Palladio’s villas, where the architect combined opulent living quarters and working farm buildings into coherent complexes that married nature with culture, rusticity and urbanity. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Escape Venice’s tourist crush with a trip to Vicenza, home of great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio," 30 July 2019 But nowhere was McGinnis’s genius more prominently on display than in his posters for the James Bond films, sensual collages that effortlessly summoned the martini urbanity of Britain’s most famous spy. Michael Callahan, Vanities, "The Man Behind History’s Most Iconic Movie Posters, From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to James Bond," 19 Apr. 2017 The finale starts with a motoric toccata that could have come from Bartók, then moves on to imitate an Irish jig, before adding a bit of boogie-woogie; the suave opening of the work draws from the luxe urbanity of Poulenc. Russell Platt, The New Yorker, "A New Recording Makes the Case for the Soviet Composer Mieczysław Weinberg," 1 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of urbanity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Urbanity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanity. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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