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urban

[ur-buh n] /ˈɜr bən/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or designating a city or town.
2.
living in a city.
3.
characteristic of or accustomed to cities; citified:
He is an urban type.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin urbānus, equivalent to urb- (stem of urbs) city + -ānus -an
Related forms
antiurban, adjective
nonurban, adjective
semiurban, adjective
unurban, adjective
Can be confused
rural, suburban, urban (see synonym study at rural)
urban, urbane.

Urban I

[ur-buh n] /ˈɜr bən/
noun
1.
Saint, pope a.d. 222–230.

Urban II

noun
1.
(OdoorOtho) c1042–99, French ecclesiastic: pope 1088–99.

Urban III

noun
1.
(Uberto Crivelli) Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1185–87.

Urban IV

noun
1.
(Jacques Pantaléon) died 1264, French ecclesiastic: pope 1261–64.

Urban V

noun
1.
(Guillaume de Grimoard) c1310–70, French ecclesiastic: pope 1362–70.

Urban VI

noun
1.
(Bartolomeo Prignano) c1318–89, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1378–89.

Urban VII

noun
1.
(Giovanni Battista Castagna) 1521–90, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1590.

Urban VIII

noun
1.
(Maffeo Barberini) 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1623–44.
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  • Many urban and city areas have farmers markets as well.
  • Most employers seek persons who have a master's degree in city planning or urban design.
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  • In practice, the nearest thing to a vertical farm so far is urban hydroponic farming, often on rooftops.
British Dictionary definitions for urban

urban

/ˈɜːbən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or constituting a city or town
2.
living in a city or town
3.
(of music) emerging and developing in densely populated areas of large cities, esp those populated by people of African or Caribbean origin Compare rural
Word Origin
C17: from Latin urbānus, from urbs city

Urban II

/ˈɜːbən/
noun
1.
original name Odo or Udo. ?1042–99, French ecclesiastic; pope (1088–99). He inaugurated the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont (1095)

Urban VI

noun
1.
original name Bartolomeo Prignano ?1318–89, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1378–89). His policies led to the election of an antipope by the French cardinals, thus beginning the Great Schism in the West

Urban VIII

noun
1.
original name Maffeo Barberini. 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1623–44) during the Thirty Years' War, in which he supported Richelieu against the Hapsburgs
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Contemporary definitions for urban
adjective

See urban contemporary

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Word Origin and History for urban
adj.

"characteristic of city life," 1610s (but rare before 1830s), from Latin urbanus "of or pertaining to a city or city life," as a noun, "city dweller," from urbs (genitive urbis) "city," of unknown origin. The word gradually emerged in this sense as urbane became restricted to manners and styles of expression. In late 20c. American English gradually acquiring a suggestion of "African-American." Urban renewal, euphemistic for "slum clearance," is attested from 1955, American English. Urban sprawl recorded by 1958. Urban legend attested by 1980.

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Encyclopedia Article for urban

Urban IV

pope from 1261 to 1264.

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Urban V

pope from 1362 to 1370.

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Urban VIII

(baptized April 5, 1568, Florence-d. July 29, 1644, Rome), pope from 1623 to 1644.

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