Meaning of suburb in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsʌbəːb/

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  • An outlying district of a city, especially a residential one.

    ‘a highly respectable suburb of Chicago’
    • ‘a working-class suburb’
    • ‘life is much better in the suburbs’
    • ‘The subjects come from a variety of backgrounds, from inner city ghettoes to upmarket suburbs.’
    • ‘It raises the aspirations of its pupils, both in the leafy suburbs and the inner city.’
    • ‘A good place to start is in San Angel, one of the city's most charming suburbs.’
    • ‘The pain has been borne by people in regional Australia and the outer suburbs of the cities.’
    • ‘These outlets have sprung up at virtually every vantage point in the city and suburbs.’
    • ‘Older people with greater income and more assets tend to move out of the city and into suburbs.’
    • ‘Wine bars have sprung up all over the cities and the suburbs, many with cafe dining.’
    • ‘Several other villages and suburbs around the district will lose their roadside urinals.’
    • ‘Then she moved to the suburbs and finally the city, where there was a career and a kid and the usual balancing act.’
    • ‘This works well, and does a fine job of connecting the downstream suburbs to the city upstream.’
    • ‘Outside her circle she was unknown, living on an estate in the suburbs of an unloved city.’
    • ‘The Glasgow market is seeing a high level of demand throughout the city and its suburbs.’
    • ‘The shock of what had happened on a quiet residential street in a suburb of Leeds on Boxing Day hung in the air yesterday.’
    • ‘So the only places I've really been to in Sydney are the city and the suburb I live in.’
    • ‘If she had moved to a country town instead of a city suburb where she felt left out, alone and ignored.’
    • ‘The victim lives in a quiet suburb of a city which enjoys one of the highest qualities of life in Britain.’
    • ‘We did much better in the inner city than in the suburbs and the countryside.’
    • ‘The suburbs of the cities have proved to be a difficulty when assessing their political allegiance.’
    • ‘That city's estates and suburbs have provided the locations and settings for all his work to date.’
    • ‘In the past few years it has opened a string of retail shops across Dublin city and suburbs.’
    outlying district, residential area, dormitory area, dormitory town, commuter belt, conurbation
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Middle English from Old French suburbe or Latin suburbium, from sub- ‘near to’ + urbs, urb- ‘city’.