having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities:
an urbane manner.
reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., especially in expression:
He maintained an urbane tone in his letters.
; for difference in stress and second syllable cf.
Can be confused
characterized by elegance or sophistication
[C16: from Latin
belonging to the town; see
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They didn't want to be better informed or urbane, or to know what is great in human achievement.
He was a good insurance broker: urbane and vigorous, and he could sell.
He was urbane, arch, ever-amused in a cosmopolitan way.
They have already tasted the fruits and sweets of the big city, and qualified as urban-perhaps better say urbane-sophisticates.
These antics are intended to suggest that all three characters are urbane patricians, filled with charm and worldly wisdom.
Without matching, the buildings compliment each other in a particularly urbane way and form an ensemble which should be preserved.