American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Polite, refined, and often elegant in manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or belonging to a city or town; urban.
- Civil; courteous; polite; usually, in a stronger sense, very polite; suave; elegant or refined: as, a man of urbane manners.
- Synonyms Civil, Courteous, etc. See polite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Courteous in manners; polite; refined; elegant.
- adj. showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
- Existing since the sixteenth century in the sense of “appropriate to a city”: from French urbain or from Latin urbanus (from urbs, “city”). (Wiktionary)
- Latin urbānus, of a city; see urban. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Carrie Vaughn just created the term urbane fantasy, I love it.”
“A Mini is a car that is bandy, diminutive and urbane, which is to say, good on gas and easy to park.”
“Bausch never succumbs to trippy New Age stuff that this set might suggest, however, and instead often engages her players in urbane games with tables and chairs and other hallmarks of daily life incongruous to the deep blue sea.”
“Aziz became known as the urbane and kindly public face of Saddam's regime in the lead-up to the first Gulf War in 1991 and the allied invasion of 2003.”
“Inevitably, it's somewhere between the two, and this year the emphasis is on what you'd have to call urbane, slightly retro funk-pop the very good Metronomy; headliners Two Door Cinema Club.”
“Those who have met him recall his urbane charm, vigorous handshakes, jokes and contagious laughter, but also his short temper, especially towards "arrogant" journalists.”
“The Parasol Protectorate series totally fits the idea of urbane fantasy.”
“The so called urbane Bangalorian indulges in spitting as much as the villager who is visiting a city for the first time.”
“-- "Without being a wizard, I should say your relative was rather a disagreeable person, -- not what is called urbane and amiable, -- in fact, a brute.”
“The woman is described as having a posture that is "distinctly feline" (TW18) From their description alone, they are seen as far more animalistic, wild and uncontrolled than the "urbane" (TW18) Cullens, although they are capable of cursory civility.”
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