adjective Etymology: Latin urbanus urban, urbane Date: circa 1623 notably polite or polished in manner Synonyms: see suaveurbanely adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Urbane — Ur*bane , a. [See {Urban}.] Courteous in manners; polite; refined; elegant. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • urbane — index civil (polite), sophisticated Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • urbane — *suave, smooth, diplomatic, bland, politic Analogous words: courteous, polite, courtly, *civil: poised, balanced (see STABILIZE): cultured, cultivated, refined (see corresponding nouns at CULTURE) Antonyms: rude: clownish, bucolic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • urbane — [adj] civilized affable, balanced, bland, civil, cosmopolitan, courteous, cultivated, cultured, debonair, elegant, genteel, gracious, mannerly, metropolitan, obliging, poised, polished, polite, refined, smooth, sophisticated, suave, well bred,… …   New thesaurus

  • urbane — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (especially of a man) suave, courteous, and refined. DERIVATIVES urbanely adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «urban»: from Latin urbanus …   English terms dictionary

  • urbane — [ʉr bān′] adj. [L urbanus: see URBAN] polite and courteous in a smooth, polished way; refined SYN. SUAVE urbanely adv. urbaneness n …   English World dictionary

  • urbane — adjective the urbane English professor Syn: suave, sophisticated, debonair, worldly, cultivated, cultured, civilized, cosmopolitan; smooth, polished, refined, self possessed; courteous, polite, well mannered, mannerly, civil, charming …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • urbane — [[t]ɜː(r)be͟ɪn[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is urbane is polite and appears comfortable in social situations. She describes him as urbane and charming... In conversation, he was suave and urbane. Syn: cultured Ant: gauche Derived words: urbanity… …   English dictionary

  • urbane — urbanely, adv. urbaneness, n. /err bayn /, adj. 1. having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities: an urbane manner. 2. reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., esp. in expression: He… …   Universalium

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