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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Definitions for urbane

  1. Polished and smooth in manner; polite, refined, and elegant.

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Citations for urbane
Taylor comes across as an intelligent man, suave and urbane, articulate and smooth as butter. Bill Berkeley, The Graves Are Not Yet Full
It was conceded that he was . . . "the kind of person," one friend-turned-opponent says, "the Founding Fathers would have wanted in the Senate: urbane, witty, scholarly, wise, eloquent." Godfrey Hodgson, The Gentleman From New York
Origin of urbane
1525-1535
Urbane comes from Latin urbanus, "of a city," hence "refined, polished," from urbs, "city." The noun form is urbanity.