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[suh-bur-bee-uh] /səˈbɜr bi ə/
suburbs collectively.
suburbanites collectively.
the social or cultural aspects of life in suburbs.
Origin of suburbia
1895-1900; suburb + -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • suburbia was a dream inspired by revulsion to city life.
  • What these fearsome predators of suburbia cannot taste may be hurting them.
  • Predictable results have followed: traffic jams that stretch for kilometers, sprawling suburbia and rising fuel prices.
  • They are excluded from suburbia by a wide variety of devices.
  • Competing with suburbia: future urban areas have to be a better value and lifestyle for families, than suburban areas.
  • The redesign creates a kind of airborne suburbia, paving the skies far out into what was the countryside.
  • The story describes the empty despair of suburbia, the lack of meaningful existence, of romance and human dignity.
  • Levittown was the original suburbia: a place of identical detached single-family houses with white picket fences.
  • They are at home in suburbia as well as in woods and farmlands.
  • Perhaps not for long, for suburbia is spreading toward here too.
British Dictionary definitions for suburbia


suburbs or the people living in them considered as an identifiable community or class in society
the life, customs, etc, of suburbanites
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for suburbia

1895, from suburb + -ia, probably influenced by utopia; originally in England with reference to London.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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