Suburb roister
Suburb Sub"urb, n. [L. suburbium; sub under, below, near + urbs a city. See {Urban}.] 1. An outlying part of a city or town; a smaller place immediately adjacent to a city; in the plural, the region which is on the confines of any city or large town; as, a house stands in the suburbs; a garden situated in the suburbs of Paris. ``In the suburbs of a town.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

[London] could hardly have contained less than thirty or forty thousand souls within its walls; and the suburbs were very populous. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, the confines; the outer part; the environment. ``The suburbs . . . of sorrow.'' --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The suburb of their straw-built citadel. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Suburb roister}, a rowdy; a loafer. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • Suburb — Sub urb, n. [L. suburbium; sub under, below, near + urbs a city. See {Urban}.] 1. An outlying part of a city or town; a smaller place immediately adjacent to a city; in the plural, the region which is on the confines of any city or large town; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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