urbane

[ur-beyn]
adjective
1.
having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities: an urbane manner.
2.
reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., especially in expression: He maintained an urbane tone in his letters.

Origin:
1525–35; (< Middle French urbain) < Latin urbānus (see urban; for difference in stress and second syllable cf. human, humane)

urbanely, adverb
urbaneness, noun
unurbane, adjective
unurbanely, adverb

urban, urbane.


1. suave, cosmopolitan.
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urbane (ɜːˈbeɪn)
 
adj
characterized by elegance or sophistication
 
[C16: from Latin urbānus belonging to the town; see urban]
 
ur'banely
 
adv
 
ur'baneness
 
n

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urbane
1530s, "of or relating to cities or towns," from M.Fr. urbain (14c.), from L. urbanus "belonging to a city," also "citified, elegant" (see urban). The meaning "having the manners of townspeople, courteous, refined" is first attested 1620s. Urbanity in this sense is recorded
from 1530s. For sense connection, cf. human/humane.
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Example sentences
They didn't want to be better informed or urbane, or to know what is great in human achievement.
He was urbane, arch, ever-amused in a cosmopolitan way.
These antics are intended to suggest that all three characters are urbane patricians, filled with charm and worldly wisdom.
Without matching, the buildings compliment each other in a particularly urbane way and form an ensemble which should be preserved.
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