urbanity

noun
ur·​ban·​i·​ty | \ˌər-ˈba-nə-tē \
plural urbanities

Definition of urbanity 

1 : the quality or state of being urbane

2 urbanities plural : urbane acts or conduct

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The 165-acre garden occupies a unique spot in the Los Angeles Basin, close to urbanity but nestled in a foothills area that offers a complex network of undeveloped wildlife corridors and waterways. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "New gallery exhibit ‘Growing Habitat’ tells larger, wilder narrative about Descanso," 17 May 2018 Every development saga also includes its unbuilt alternatives, and the Time Warner Center, with its cool urbanity and high-gloss prisms, and its street-width light well between the two towers, is an immense improvement on what might have been. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "The Megamall–Hotel–Condo–Concert Hall That Ate New York City," 10 Jan. 2018 Blade Runner’s vision of dark future urbanity owes much of its uncanny verisimilitude to the guy who was tasked with designing one of the more optimistically clichéd pieces of sci-fi hardware: the flying car. Kevin Bankston, Slate Magazine, "Fictional futures can help shape reality.," 6 Oct. 2017 Most travelers to China start by diving headfirst into the energetic urbanity of Shanghai, while others opt for Beijing with a checklist of attractions in hand. Chaney Kwak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Xiamen May Be China's Next 'It' City," 18 Oct. 2017 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 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 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 A project that includes a hotel, condos, office space, shops and a Tech Museum expansion defines urbanity in a way San Jose has never really seen. Scott Herhold, The Mercury News, "Museum Place: Complex SJ project," 3 May 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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