Meaning of urban


Use the adjective urban to refer to cities or people who live in cities. It carries a suggestion of grittiness––urban style involves darker colors.

The terms city and town are sometimes used inconsistently. If it is large enough, a town is considered to be an urban area. Communities where people live outside cities are called suburban. Urban is from a Latin adjective formed from urbs “city.”

Definitions of urban
  1. adjective

    relating to or concerned with a city or densely populated area

    urban sociology”
    urban development”

  2. adjective

    located in or characteristic of a city or city life

    urban property owners”
    urban affairs”
    urban manners”

    citified, city-born, city-bred, cityfied

    being or having the customs or manners or dress of a city person

    resembling a city
    urbanised, urbanized

    made urban in nature; taking on urban characteristics
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    living in or characteristic of farming or country life
    agrarian, agricultural, farming

    relating to rural matters
    agrestic, rustic

    characteristic of the fields or country
    arcadian, bucolic, pastoral

    (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic

    of fields or open country
    countrified, countryfied, rustic

    characteristic of rural life

    rough and uncouth

    typical of the country
    cracker-barrel, folksy, homespun

    characteristic of country life

    marked by the wearing of heavy boots studded with hobnails
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