Definition of urban in English:

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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'.

Words that rhyme with urban

Durban, exurban, suburban, turban

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Syllabification: ur·ban

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