follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

suburban

[suh-bur-buh n] /səˈbɜr bən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, inhabiting, or being in a suburb or the suburbs of a city or town.
2.
characteristic of a suburb or suburbs.
noun
3.
4.
a short overcoat for casual wear.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin suburbānus, equivalent to sub- sub- + urb(s) city + -ānus -an
Related forms
suburbanism, noun
nonsuburban, adjective, noun
semisuburban, adjective
unsuburban, adjective
Can be confused
rural, suburban, urban (see synonym study at rural)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for suburban
  • Septic systems work well in rural and some suburban settings, where sewers are necessary in urban areas by today's standards.
  • One that also distinguishes between those raised in urban environments and those who migrated from rural or suburban environments.
  • The poverty rate dropped in rural areas and rose in urban and suburban ones.
  • Part of his motivation was to remedy the gap in urban and suburban studies, which is his other major interest of the past decade.
  • Background sounds in her suburban neighborhood-lawn mowers, planes, barking dogs-intermingled in a deafening buzz.
  • We need sustainable cities and that means limiting suburban sprawl.
  • That's the difference between you walking down a path and a car driving down a suburban street.
  • They are known to hunt in suburban areas and feed off the birds at feeders.
  • But not every suburban household boasts its own particle accelerator.
  • Well if you are always in clogged inner city streets and not on suburban expressways, it is excessive.
British Dictionary definitions for suburban

suburban

/səˈbɜːbən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, situated in, or inhabiting a suburb or the suburbs
2.
characteristic of or typifying a suburb or the suburbs
3.
(censorious) narrow or unadventurous in outlook
noun
4.
another word for suburbanite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for suburban
adj.

1620s, from suburb + -an.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for suburban

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for suburban

12
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with suburban

Nearby words for suburban