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urbane

[ur-beyn] /ɜrˈbeɪn/
adjective
1.
having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities:
an urbane manner.
2.
reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., especially in expression:
He maintained an urbane tone in his letters.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; (< Middle French urbain) < Latin urbānus (see urban; for difference in stress and second syllable cf. human, humane)
Related forms
urbanely, adverb
urbaneness, noun
unurbane, adjective
unurbanely, adverb
Can be confused
urban, urbane.
Synonyms
1. suave, cosmopolitan.
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British Dictionary definitions for urbaneness

urbane

/ɜːˈbeɪn/
adjective
1.
characterized by elegance or sophistication
Derived Forms
urbanely, adverb
urbaneness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin urbānus belonging to the town; see urban
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Word Origin and History for urbaneness
urbane
1530s, "of or relating to cities or towns," from M.Fr. urbain (14c.), from L. urbanus "belonging to a city," also "citified, elegant" (see urban). The meaning "having the manners of townspeople, courteous, refined" is first attested 1620s. Urbanity in this sense is recorded from 1530s. For sense connection, cf. human/humane.
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