Definition of urbane in English:

urbane

Line breaks: ur¦bane
Pronunciation: /əːˈbeɪn
 
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adjective

(Of a person, especially a man) courteous and refined in manner: he is charming and urbane a sophisticated, urbane man
More example sentences
  • Educated at one of Shanghai's top universities, he's urbane, articulate in English and works in a foreign law firm.
  • It was a terrible thing to say, especially since he is an urbane man.
  • He was urbane and charming as, indeed, are most members of the Sri Lankan ruling elite.
Synonyms
suave, sophisticated, debonair, worldly, elegant, cultivated, cultured, civilized, well bred, worldly-wise; glib, smooth, slick, polished, refined, poised, self-possessed, dignified; courteous, polite, civil, well mannered, gentlemanly, gallant, courtly, charming, affable, tactful, diplomatic
informal cool
dated mannerly

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'urban'): from French urbain or Latin urbanus (see urban).

Derivatives

urbanely

adverb
More example sentences
  • He replied urbanely, ‘I like to look out for the interests of my friends.
  • ‘Perhaps I do, Miss Sommers,’ he said urbanely.
  • Shane stepped forward urbanely, and Tal did the same.

urbaneness

noun

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