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urbane

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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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AdjectiveEdit

urbane (comparative more urbane, superlative most urbane)

  1. (of a man) Courteous, polite, refined, and suave.
    • 1949: George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, p12
      He felt deeply drawn to him, and not solely because he was intrigued by the contrast between O’Brien’s urbane manner and his prize-fighter’s physique.

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ReferencesEdit

  • The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]

GermanEdit

AdjectiveEdit

urbane

  1. inflected form of urban

ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

urbane

  1. Feminine plural form of urbano

LatinEdit

NounEdit

urbāne

  1. vocative singular of urbānus