"characteristic of city life," 1619 (but rare before 1830s), from L. urbanus
"of or pertaining to a city or city life," as a noun, "city dweller," from urbs
) "city," of unknown origin. The word gradually emerged in this sense as urbane
became restricted to manners and styles of expression. Urban renewal
, euphemistic for "slum clearance," is recorded from 1955.