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

  • adj. Polite, refined, and often elegant in manner.

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  • adj. Courteous, polite, refined, and suave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Courteous in manners; polite; refined; elegant.

from The 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.

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  • adj. showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience


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

Latin urbānus, of a city; see urban.

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Existing since the sixteenth century in the sense of “appropriate to a city”: from French urbain or from Latin urbanus (from urbs, “city”).


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