Definition of urban in English:


Syllabification: ur·ban
Pronunciation: /ˈərbən


  • 1In, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town: 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.
    town, city, municipal, civic, metropolitan, built-up, inner-city, downtown, suburban; urbanized, citified, townie
  • 2 (also urban contemporary) Denoting or relating to popular dance music of black origin: a party that features the best in urban music
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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.
  • 2.1Denoting popular black culture in general.
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    • I believe we had tapped into a culture - the very urban world of street racing.
    • He looked out of place and his use of urban street lingo was confusing.
    • Like Byrne, all these writers understand the dark comedy that emerges from tough urban experience.


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

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