urban

urban

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English

Etymology

From Middle French urbain, from Latin urbanus, from urbs (city). Doublet of urbane.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɜːbən/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)bən
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɝbən/
  • Hyphenation: ur‧ban

Adjective

urban (comparative more urban, superlative most urban)

  1. Related to the (or any) city.
  2. Characteristic of city life.
  3. (US, proscribed, outdated) Relating to contemporary African American culture, especially in music.
  4. (US, UK, euphemistic, offensive) (of inhabitants or residents) Black; African American.

Usage notes

  • The word "urban" in a musical context came to be controversial and it was described as perpetuating and reinforcing the racial stereotyping of black communities, especially black musicians, and as a "catchall for music created by Black artists, regardless of genre", leading to the music industry's replacement of it with more appropriate terms.
  • "Urban" as a descriptor of black inhabitants or residents is an offensive and stereotypical usage; see Dictionary.com's "Historical usage of urban" for the explanation.

Antonyms

  • nonurban
  • rural
  • bucolic

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • Urbanus

References

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
  • urban at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • urban in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • urban in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Braun, Buran, Rabun, aburn, buran, unabr., unbar

Esperanto

Adjective

urban

  1. accusative singular of urba

German

Etymology

From Latin urbanus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʊʁˈbaːn/, [ʊɐ̯ˈbaːn]
  • Rhymes: -aːn

Adjective

urban (comparative urbaner, superlative am urbansten)

  1. urban

Declension

Synonyms

  • städtisch

Further reading

  • “urban” in Duden online

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Latin urbanus

Adjective

urban (neuter singular urbant, definite singular and plural urbane)

  1. urban
  2. urbane

References

  • “urban” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Latin urbanus

Adjective

urban (neuter singular urbant, definite singular and plural urbane)

  1. urban
  2. urbane

References

  • “urban” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Piedmontese

Alternative forms

  • ürban

Etymology

From Latin urbānus

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /yrˈbaŋ/

Adjective

urban

  1. urban

Romanian

Etymology

From French urbain, from Latin urbanus.

Adjective

urban m or n (feminine singular urbană, masculine plural urbani, feminine and neuter plural urbane)

  1. urbane

Declension

Related terms

  • urbanitate

Serbo-Croatian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ûrbaːn/
  • Hyphenation: ur‧ban

Adjective

ȕrbān (definite ȕrbānī, Cyrillic spelling у̏рба̄н)

  1. urban

Declension


Slovene

Etymology

Ultimately from Latin urbānus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /urbáːn/

Adjective

urbȃn (not comparable)

  1. urban

Inflection

Synonyms

  • mésten

Further reading

  • urban”, in Slovarji Inštituta za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, portal Fran

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