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suburbia

[suh-bur-bee-uh] /səˈbɜr bi ə/
noun
1.
suburbs collectively.
2.
suburbanites collectively.
3.
the social or cultural aspects of life in suburbs.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; suburb + -ia
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Examples from the web for suburbia
  • 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

suburbia

/səˈbɜːbɪə/
noun
1.
suburbs or the people living in them considered as an identifiable community or class in society
2.
the life, customs, etc, of suburbanites
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Word Origin and History for suburbia
n.

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

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