Definition of suburban in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈbəːb(ə)n/


1Of or characteristic of a suburb: suburban life
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  • Not only does it have great metro, bus and suburban train services, it also has plenty more.
  • I can improve the way people move around with suburban trains and a central ring road.
  • All right, they're slow for the suburban commute, but that's what the trains are for.
residential, commuter, dormitory;
North American  bedroom
rare exurban
1.1Contemptibly dull and ordinary: Elizabeth despised Ann’s house-proudness as deeply suburban
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  • The pair played a brother and sister marooned in the wastes of suburban ordinariness.
  • Hugh used to say that Howard was a boring little suburban lawyer with a closed and not very capacious mind.
  • These girls' parents aren't exactly your average suburban mummies and daddies.
dull, boring, uninteresting, conventional, ordinary, commonplace, average, unremarkable, undistinguished, unexceptional, pedestrian;
informal bog-standard, nothing to write home about, no great shakes, not up to much
British informal common or garden



Pronunciation: /səˈbəːbənʌɪt/
Example sentences
  • More suburbanites now commute to other suburbs than to cities.
  • While there's no question the hardest-hit areas are south of Alberta Avenue, the problem reaches well beyond the area known to well-to-do suburbanites as the rough part of town.
  • Affluent suburbanites create gated enclosures not to pursue profit (of course property values play a role) but in the name of community.


(also suburbanisation /səbəːbənʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/) noun
Example sentences
  • It's an enormous social cost, a subsidy really, to luxury suburbanization.
  • Billboards are the effect of capital and the production of value, just as highways (to get us to the landscape) are the effect of a complicated system of oil consumption and suburbanization.
  • We sometimes see Chinatowns as tourist destinations, but more and more the actual social importance and history of these places is slowly being lost to urban renewal and the suburbanization of Chinese communities in Canada.


Pronunciation: /səˈbəːb(ə)nʌɪz/
(also suburbanise) verb
Example sentences
  • ‘Belonging’ sags in a hammock between ‘roots’ and ‘routes’, suburbanising a prime site of cultural toing and froing.
  • What we probably call the new right - the upmarket pro-development types, not your old Queensland white-shoe brigade wanting to suburbanise the north coast.
  • ‘Marin was still urbanizing - suburbanizing, I guess - incredibly fast,’ Ellen says.

Words that rhyme with suburban

Durban, exurban, turban, urban

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: sub|ur¦ban

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