From Old French suburbe, subburbe, from Latin suburbium, from sub- + urbs (city).



suburb (plural suburbs)

  1. A residential area located on the outskirts of a city or large town that usually includes businesses that cater to its residents; such as schools, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, convenience stores, etc.
    Coordinate term: exurb
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      These two circumstances, however, happening both unfortunately to intervene, our travellers deviated into a much less frequented track; and after riding full six miles, instead of arriving at the stately spires of Coventry, they found themselves still in a very dirty lane, where they saw no symptoms of approaching the suburbs of a large city.
    • 1818, Henry Hallam, View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages
      [London] could hardly have contained less than thirty or forty thousand souls within its walls; and the suburbs were very populous.
  2. (by extension) The outer part; the environment.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand) Any subdivision of a conurbation, not necessarily on the periphery.

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