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 In important respects, the Books, Arts & Manners section serves as a reminder of the urbanity that informed and defined WFB as a person and thinker. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Don’t Lose Sight of Culture," 28 Dec. 2020 Hong Kong is a strip of urbanity snaking around the coast. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020," 21 Aug. 2020 America had raised a generation of young people who, on average, valued the things urbanity had to offer. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The High Cost of Panic-Moving," 15 June 2020 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

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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