from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually residential area or community outlying a city.
- n. The usually residential region around a major city; the environs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the area on the periphery of a city or large town that falls between being truly part of the city, but is not countryside either.
- n. any subdivision of a conurbation, not necessarily on the periphery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An outlying part of a city or town; a smaller place immediately adjacent to a city; in the plural, the region which is on the confines of any city or large town.
- n. Hence, the confines; the outer part; the environment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An outlying part of a city or town; a part outside of the city boundaries but adjoining them: often used in the plural to signify loosely some part near a city: as, a garden situated in the suburbs of London. The form suburbs was formerly often used as a singular.
- n. The confines; the outskirts.
- Suburban; suited to the suburbs, or to the less well regulated parts of a city.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a residential district located on the outskirts of a city
Middle English suburbe, from Old French, from Latin suburbium : sub-, sub- + urbs, urb-, city.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French suburbe, subburbe, from Latin suburbium, from sub- + urbs ("city"). (Wiktionary)