Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

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

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

Etymologies

Latin urbānus, of a city; see urban.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Existing since the sixteenth century in the sense of “appropriate to a city”: from French urbain or from Latin urbanus (from urbs, “city”). (Wiktionary)

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  • 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.

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  • Those who have met him recall his urbane charm, vigorous handshakes, jokes and contagious laughter, but also his short temper, especially towards "arrogant" journalists.

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  • The Parasol Protectorate series totally fits the idea of urbane fantasy.

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  • The so called urbane Bangalorian indulges in spitting as much as the villager who is visiting a city for the first time.

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  • -- "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."

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