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urban Line breaks: urban
Pronunciation: /ˈəːb(ə)n/

Definition of urban in English:


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.


Pronunciation: /ˈəːb(ə)nɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • Today's new baseball stadiums offer a lesson in smart urbanism.
  • Some families see themselves as having an affinity for this kind of treatment due to their modernism and urbanism.
  • Far from being a designer frill, the courtyard is an essential element in the life of the homes immediately surrounding the space and a ‘building block’ of coherent urbanism for an entire urban district.
Pronunciation: /ˈəːb(ə)nɪst/
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  • For the better part of the last half century, urbanists, planners, and environmentalists have railed against suburbia, and the dreaded trend of cities to ‘sprawl’ outward from the old city core.
  • Many urbanists say that public life in the eighteenth century - which is when the modern city began to take shape - was available only to men.
  • Flocks of urbanists and media enthusiasts walked the streets carrying portable radio receivers in the hope of picking up the broadcasts.


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

Words that rhyme with urban

Durban, exurban, suburban, turban
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