from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or located in a city.
  • adj. Characteristic of the city or city life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Related to the (or any) city.
  • adj. Characteristic of city life.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or belonging to a city or town.
  • adj. Belonging to, or suiting, those living in a city; cultivated; polite; urbane.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to a city or town; resembling a city; characteristic of a city; situated or living in towns or cities: as, an urban population; urban districts.
  • Civil; courteous in manners; polite. [In this sense urbane is now used.]
  • n. One who belongs to or lives in a town or city.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. located in or characteristic of a city or city life
  • adj. relating to or concerned with a city or densely populated area


Latin urbānus, from urbs, urb-, city.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin urbanus, itself from urbs ("city") (Wiktionary)


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  • The Dervaes assert that they are protecting a legitimate business interest, and that their trademark of the term "urban homesteading" prevents corporations from doing the same thing.

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  • Will they have to cede to the demands of the Dervaes Family to stop using the term "urban homestead?"

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  • Critics such as blogger Crunchy Chicken claim that this trademark is unenforceable, since the term "urban homestead" has been in use since at least the 1970s.

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  • An eco-enthusiast in Pasadena, Calif., recently trademarked the phrase "urban homestead" and is now warning the authors and publishers cranking out urban-homesteading how-to books not to tread on the turf he has tried to fence in.

    Putting the Park in Park Avenue

  • By 2015, academics had coined the phrase "urban neo-Victorian dystopia" to describe the dramatic social and spatial changes in the city they had begun to compare, with only a little exaggeration, with the London described by Charles Dickens 160 years earlier.

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  • The label urban fantasy. 15 years ago, urban fantasy was what we called stuff like Charles DeLint and the Borderlands series and all those rock 'n' roll elf stories.

  • The term urban taliban is finding repeated expression on these pages and this term is not only distorting the issue but is also capable of creating confusions.


  • Scott Meyer, formerly the editor of Organic Gardening magazine calls his book "The City Homesteader: Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage," a title that avoids the word "urban" and thus any pesky trademark disputes.

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  • You know, what we call urban culture 30 years ago, you know, was black.

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