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 The chef says he was lured to the Watermark by the promise of creative control and the opportunity to bring some urbanity to the suburbs. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 That careful dance between subdued and remote, classic Maine and urbanity, is also winding its way into neighboring coastal villages, and settling in among the area’s working fishing fleets, general stores, and no-frills lobster pounds. Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Sep. 2021 This Thursday, elected officials from across the Bay Area are likely to approve a 30-year, $1.4 trillion plan that aims to turn our region into nothing less than an international model of equitable urbanity. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Oct. 2021 Ikebukuro — a bustling hub of Japanese urbanity and pop culture in central Tokyo — has become the unofficial center of gachapon culture, with the machines spilling out of seemingly every storefront. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The ambient, Brubekian theme music (composed by a musician with the gloriously appropriate name of Champ Champagne), conspicuously placed objèts and half-empty wine wall implied a sort of refinement and urbanity that was more indicated than real. Courtney Lichterman, Robb Report, 3 June 2021 Handsome but approachable, Mr. Segal brought an natural, modern urbanity to the screen, representing a change from the studio-polished personas of an older generation of Hollywood actors. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 There are few activities more democratic and astonishing than looking up into a night sky, even when ensconced in the murky depths of urbanity. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Mar. 2021 According to Santiago X, the mounds are intended to activate awareness and connection to the waterways and to a sustainable urbanity. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 25 Feb. 2021

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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 28 Jan. 2022.

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