urbane


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

ur·bane

 (ûr-bān′)
adj. ur·ban·er, ur·ban·est
Polite, refined, and often elegant in manner.

[Latin urbānus, of a city; see urban.]

ur·bane′ly adv.

urbane

(ɜːˈbeɪn)
adj
characterized by elegance or sophistication
[C16: from Latin urbānus belonging to the town; see urban]
urˈbanely adv
urˈbaneness n

ur•bane

(ɜrˈbeɪn)

adj.
having polish and suavity in manner or style; sophisticated.
[1525–35; (< Middle French urbain) < Latin urbānus (see urban)]
ur•bane′ly, adv.
ur•bane′ness, n.
urban, urbane - Urban refers to a city; urbane means polished and smooth, as in a person's demeanor.
See also related terms for polished.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.urbane - showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experienceurbane - showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience; "his polished manner"; "maintained an urbane tone in his letters"
sophisticated - having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire; "sophisticated young socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book"

urbane

urbane

adjective
1. Effortlessly gracious and tactful in social manner:
2. Characterized by discriminating taste and broad knowledge as a result of development or education:
Translations

urbane

[ɜːˈbeɪn] ADJurbano, cortés

urbane

[ɜːrˈbeɪn] adjcourtois(e)

urbane

adj person, mannerweltmännisch, gewandt, urban (geh); (= civil)höflich; manner, wordsverbindlich

urbane

[ɜːˈbeɪn] adjurbano/a, civile
References in classic literature ?
The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no account can a monied man enter heaven.
Goodwin had lately moved to North Edgewood and had never before met the urbane and persuasive Mr.
I attended to all the ghastly formalities, and the urbane undertaker proved that his staff was afflicted, or blessed, with something of his own obsequious suavity.
The marquis lifted his eyebrows; but he was apparently determined to be even more urbane than usual.
and immediately he added the remark with urbane playfulness that Ulysses was an astute person.
Giovanelli, who spoke English very cleverly--Winterbourne afterward learned that he had practiced the idiom upon a great many American heiresses-- addressed her a great deal of very polite nonsense; he was extremely urbane, and the young American, who said nothing, reflected upon that profundity of Italian cleverness which enables people to appear more gracious in proportion as they are more acutely disappointed.
In those days conversation was still cultivated as an art; a neat repartee was more highly valued than the crackling of thorns under a pot; and the epigram, not yet a mechanical appliance by which the dull may achieve a semblance of wit, gave sprightliness to the small talk of the urbane.
She was desperately in earnest with her study of art, and when Philip, passing in the Long Gallery a window that looked out on the Tuileries, gay, sunny, and urbane, like a picture by Raffaelli, exclaimed:
His temper had changed from one of urbane contentment--indeed of delicious expansion--to one of uneasiness and expectation.
Good-morning, sir," said his lordship, stepping forward in the most urbane manner, and stopping the doctor, with a high-bred resolution impossible to resist, "I greatly fear you find no improvement in the symptoms to-day?
Therefore, madam,' said Mr Dorrit, 'I took the liberty' (he laid an emphasis on the phrase and repeated it, as though he stipulated, with urbane firmness, that he must not be contradicted again), 'I took the liberty of requesting this interview, in order that I might mention the topic to you, and inquire how you would advise me?
The Urbane 2nd Edition LTE was Android Wear's first watch