Urban



of, relating to, or designating a city or town.
living in a city.
characteristic of or accustomed to cities; citified:
He is an urban type.
Saint, pope a.d. 222–230.
(OdoorOtho) c1042–99, French ecclesiastic: pope 1088–99.
(Uberto Crivelli) Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1185–87.
(Jacques Pantaléon) died 1264, French ecclesiastic: pope 1261–64.
(Guillaume de Grimoard) c1310–70, French ecclesiastic: pope 1362–70.
(Bartolomeo Prignano) c1318–89, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1378–89.
(Giovanni Battista Castagna) 1521–90, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1590.
(Maffeo Barberini) 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1623–44.
Contemporary Examples

It’s a telling tic that we often use “urban” as a synonym for “black.”
David’s Bookclub: The Warmth of Other Suns David Frum May 19, 2013

urban economists, particularly those on the self-satisfied coasts, tend to envision utter hopelessness for the region.
The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen December 6, 2014

Much of urban America, particularly in places like Phoenix, Houston, and Las Vegas, is primarily suburban.
The Progressives’ War on Suburbia Joel Kotkin November 15, 2014

The Daily Beast also reached out to urban Outfitters to ask who designed the “sun-faded vintage collection” shirt.
Who Designed Urban Outfitters’s Bloody Kent State Shirt? They Won’t Say Asawin Suebsaeng September 14, 2014

Emanuel faces a budget gap that could reach $1 billion, crumbling infrastructure, decaying schools and a host of other urban ills.
Triumph of the Jerks Howard Kurtz February 22, 2011

Historical Examples

We must create a new rural environment which will not only stem the migration to urban centers, but reverse it.
Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006 Various

In the year 1378, a contest arose between two popes, urban VI.
Fox’s Book of Martyrs John Foxe

And this response to the appeal of urban the Second was not confined only to what we should call educated people.
The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind Herbert George Wells

Their heritage made them less than appreciative of urban life.
Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins

The development of urban institutions in the twelfth century was not peculiar to Belgium.
Belgium Emile Cammaerts

adjective
of, relating to, or constituting a city or town
living in a city or town
(of music) emerging and developing in densely populated areas of large cities, esp those populated by people of African or Caribbean origin Compare rural
noun
original name Odo or Udo. ?1042–99, French ecclesiastic; pope (1088–99). He inaugurated the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont (1095)
noun
original name Bartolomeo Prignano ?1318–89, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1378–89). His policies led to the election of an antipope by the French cardinals, thus beginning the Great Schism in the West
noun
original name Maffeo Barberini. 1568–1644, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (1623–44) during the Thirty Years’ War, in which he supported Richelieu against the Hapsburgs
adjective

See urban contemporary
adj.

“characteristic of city life,” 1610s (but rare before 1830s), from Latin urbanus “of or pertaining to a city or city life,” as a noun, “city dweller,” from urbs (genitive urbis) “city,” of unknown origin. The word gradually emerged in this sense as urbane became restricted to manners and styles of expression. In late 20c. American English gradually acquiring a suggestion of “African-American.” Urban renewal, euphemistic for “slum clearance,” is attested from 1955, American English. Urban sprawl recorded by 1958. Urban legend attested by 1980.

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