ur·​ban·​i·​ty ˌər-ˈba-nə-tē How to pronounce urbanity (audio)
plural urbanities
: the quality or state of being urbane
urbanities plural : urbane acts or conduct

Examples of urbanity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By all accounts, artist and elephant shared the same Gallic urbanity and optimistic outlook. Penelope Green, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Emerging from the confines of urbanity, the true capabilities of the S7's heart began to show. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The original safari outfitter, Banana Republic’s recent designs nod to its adventurous heritage while maintaining a sophisticated urbanity. Ryan Haase, Travel + Leisure, 8 Nov. 2023 The original structure was designed in the 1920s, when Los Angeles officials enlisted the New York architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue to validate the city’s distinct urbanity with a landmark building on a prominent site downtown. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 These sounds have a way of transporting people and their mindsets away from the urbanity of the street, and also reflect that our language is alive, spoken intergenerationally by elders and children alike. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 6 Apr. 2023 To followers of society columns and fashion magazines, Lee Radziwill is the very model of international urbanity—perfectly coiffed and outfitted in Giorgio Armani (for whom the native New Yorker once served as director of special events) and Marc Jacobs. ELLE Decor, 22 Dec. 2022 Destry’s actions create the conditions for the next two sections, in which Sask-E goes from a Pleistocene-like ecology bare of any humans to a dense urbanity full of landlords and renters of multiple species. Amal El-Mohtar, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2023 But in the distance, as in Mayakoba, construction whirrs, anticipating the next batch of newcomers ready to trade pandemic mundanity and general urbanity for gated bliss. Sheila Marikar, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of urbanity was in the 15th century

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“Urbanity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanity. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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