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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 of suburban
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)
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  • One has only to travel in any suburban train to find out how many people there are who go home each evening weary and done up.

  • We found the worst: a suburban meadow inhabited by goats and buffaloes.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • We turn west, then south and the suburban villages are shouldering one another all the more closely the entire way.

  • It was their Metropolitan, suburban, and Brooklyn rolled into one.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • On they went, past suburban orchards and outlying pastures, to the sights and sounds of the real country.

    In League with Israel Annie F. Johnston
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
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Word Origin and History for suburban
adj.

1620s, from suburb + -an.

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