Definition of urban in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəːb(ə)n/


1In, relating to, or characteristic of a town or city: the urban population
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  • Dublin was the earliest of the Irish towns to take on urban characteristics.
  • The growth of large civilisations has meant that large cities and urban areas have been built in many parts of the world.
  • Apart from such forest types one can see this tree in urban and suburban areas close to the city, he adds.
built-up, town, city, inner-city, densely populated, townified, citified, metropolitan, suburban, non-rural;
municipal, civic, borough
informal towny, townish
rare oppidan
2 (also urban contemporary) Denoting or relating to popular dance music of black origin: hip-hop’s traditionally urban vibe
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  • They are also more tuned in to radio, listening some 22.6 hours per week, and often turn their dials to black gospel and urban contemporary stations.
  • As a solo performer from the 1970s onwards, he's been one of the staples of urban contemporary music.
  • For instance, if someone is listening to an urban contemporary station, the candidate advertisements should reflect the same format and use similar types of music.


Early 17th century: from Latin urbanus, from urbs, urb- 'city'.

Words that rhyme with urban

Durban, exurban, suburban, turban

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