urbane

[ ur-beyn ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Mid 16th century; French

from French urbain or Latin urbanus (see urban)

Synonyms

  • cosmopolitan
  • polished

Antonyms

  • uncultured
  • unrefined

Definition

having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities

Example

She moved to New York City to live out her reality television inspired urbane dreams.

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