Definitions for suburbˈsʌb ɜrb

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suburb, suburbia, suburban area(noun)

    a residential district located on the outskirts of a city

Wiktionary

  1. suburb(Noun)

    the area on the periphery of a city or large town that falls between being truly part of the city, but is not countryside either.

  2. suburb(Noun)

    (Australian and New Zealand English) any subdivision of a conurbation, not necessarily on the periphery.

  3. Origin: From suburbe, subburbe, from suburbium, from sub- + urbs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suburb(noun)

    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

  2. Suburb(noun)

    hence, the confines; the outer part; the environment

  3. Origin: [L. suburbium; sub under, below, near + urbs a city. See Urban.]

Freebase

  1. Suburb

    A suburb is a residential area or a mixed use area, either existing as part of a city or urban area, or as a separate residential community within commuting distance of a city. Some suburbs have a degree of administrative autonomy, and most have lower population densities than inner city neighborhoods. Suburbs first emerged on a large scale in the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of improved rail and road transport, which led to an increase in commuting. Suburbs tend to proliferate around cities that have an abundance of adjacent flat land. Any particular suburban area is referred to as a suburb, while suburban areas on the whole are referred to as the suburbs or suburbia, with the demonym for a suburb-dweller being suburbanite. Colloquial usage sometimes shortens the term to burb.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suburb' in Nouns Frequency: #2799


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