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[suh-bur-buh n] /səˈbɜr bən/
pertaining to, inhabiting, or being in a suburb or the suburbs of a city or town.
characteristic of a suburb or suburbs.
a short overcoat for casual wear.
Origin of suburban
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) Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


of, relating to, situated in, or inhabiting a suburb or the suburbs
characteristic of or typifying a suburb or the suburbs
(censorious) narrow or unadventurous in outlook
another word for suburbanite
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Word Origin and History for suburban

1620s, from suburb + -an.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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