October 20, 2013
- urban (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : of, relating to, typical of, or being a city
- How do you use it?
- On his class trip to New York City, Ed found that he wasn't used to the commotion of the urban environment.
- Are you a word wiz?
We ask all city slickers and country bumpkins to take today's quiz. Which one of the words below do you think descends from the same Latin root as "urban"?We hope you chose C, "suburb." "Urban" and "suburb" descend from "urbs," a Latin root meaning "city." "Urban" comes directly from Latin "urbanus," formed from "urbs." A "suburb" is a part of a city or town near its outer edge, which makes sense when you know that "suburb" comes from the prefix "sub-," meaning "near," and "urbs," meaning "city." One more member of this city family is "urbane," meaning "very polite and smooth in manner." Like "urban," "urbane" came into English from the Latin "urbanus," which refers either to the area near a city or a polished manner.