Definition of urban in English:

urban

adjective

  • 1In, relating to, or characteristic of a town or city.

    ‘the urban population’
    • ‘Dublin was the earliest of the Irish towns to take on urban characteristics.’
    • ‘The growth of large civilisations has meant that large cities and urban areas have been built in many parts of the world.’
    • ‘Apart from such forest types one can see this tree in urban and suburban areas close to the city, he adds.’
    • ‘It is one of only two formal ways for members of the rural population to move to urban areas.’
    • ‘The growth in population is part of the city council's urban development strategy.’
    • ‘A massive migration from rural to urban areas characterized the twentieth century.’
    • ‘The town was one of the six fastest growing urban areas in Ireland, according to the last census.’
    • ‘If you compare the urban areas of the two towns, they have very similar funding levels.’
    • ‘I'm becoming increasingly interested in urban design and town planning, mainly as a consumer.’
    • ‘Ballina Town Council has drawn up new by-laws to amend speed limits on urban roads in the town.’
    • ‘It sees the area around City Hall as a lake and the rest of the city as a vast urban park with shops, houses and a dramatic bridge of learning.’
    • ‘He says the action is in the cities, where urban elites are the future of the country.’
    • ‘It is a dense city with distinct urban cores, practical and delightful to traverse on foot.’
    • ‘The city's own official urban designer, Sir Terry Farrell, called the scheme a disaster.’
    • ‘We both grew up in the city and are urban girls who love the country.’
    • ‘The masterplan for Bradford aims to breathe new life into the city through an urban park, a lake and wetlands.’
    • ‘It may come as a surprise to city dwellers, but urban environments could be the ideal place for humans to live.’
    • ‘We need to preserve places we can go to when we need to get away from the lunacy of urban, busy cities.’
    • ‘The development would either be an urban extension of the town or a new village.’
    • ‘They live in a suburb of Boston in a mansion that looks like an urban city library.’
    built-up, town, city, inner-city, densely populated, townified, citified, metropolitan, suburban, non-rural
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  • 2

    (also urban contemporary)
    Denoting or relating to popular dance music associated with black performers.

    ‘hip-hop's traditionally urban vibe’
    • ‘They are also more tuned in to radio, listening some 22.6 hours per week, and often turn their dials to black gospel and urban contemporary stations.’
    • ‘As a solo performer from the 1970s onwards, he's been one of the staples of urban contemporary music.’
    • ‘For instance, if someone is listening to an urban contemporary station, the candidate advertisements should reflect the same format and use similar types of music.’
    • ‘This is on urban contemporary radio stations, primarily.’
    • ‘It's a fact that the UK's urban music scene produces blistering talent that just cannot be ignored.’
    • ‘They're the ones bringing out the major stars, especially in urban music.’
    • ‘Remember, many an urban music legend started out playing to their teddy bears.’
    • ‘I think of all these styles as being forms of modern urban folk music.’
    • ‘It was a crucible of new black urban music, influenced by American jazz.’
    • ‘A lot of urban artists were being dropped and there was general confusion of viability of urban music.’
    • ‘Unlike many urban albums The Diary of Alicia Keys is refreshing in its lack of featured artists.’
    • ‘It's darker, more urban and a more personal record with the focus having shifted to one of song writing as well as tune making.’
    • ‘With live bass and drums, synths and samples Tokyo specialise in squelchy electronica with a dark urban edge.’
    • ‘The artist has developed a huge following for the way in which his urban sound fuses elements of R'n'B, rap and soul.’
    • ‘It snowballed from pirates and urban stations to the mainstream shows it's getting played on now.’
    • ‘He continues to set the standards that so many urban artists fail to reach.’
    • ‘It may be more commercial than the urban sound of earlier tracks, but that's no bad thing.’
    • ‘Based on sales, it explores the best in rock, urban, dance and indie music.’
    • ‘Like most in the urban music scene Michael is frustrated by the lack of support shown to homegrown acts in the UK.’
    • ‘This is a critical function that for me is missing from the more urban genres of music.’
    1. 2.1Denoting popular black culture in general.
      ‘an urban comedy’
      ‘urban clothing and street wear’

Origin

Early 17th century from Latin urbanus, from urbs, urb- ‘city’.

Pronunciation

urban

/ˈəːb(ə)n/