Definition of urban adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɜːbən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɜːrbən//
    [usually before noun] House location
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  1. 1  connected with a town or city damage to both urban and rural environments urban areas urban life urban development (= the process of building towns and cities or making them larger) urban renewal/regeneration (= the process of improving the buildings, etc. in the poor parts of a town or city) efforts to control urban sprawl (= the spread of city buildings into the countryside) compare rural Wordfinderamenity, city, ghetto, high-rise, metropolitan, population, slum, suburb, town, urban Wordfinderisolated, location, neighbourhood, outskirts, provincial, residential, rough, rural, suburban, urban See related entries: House location
  2. 2connected with types of music such as rhythm and blues and reggae that are played by black musicians today’s urban music scene urban radio shows
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin urbanus, from urbs, urb- ‘city’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: urban