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urbane

adjective

Definition: showing sophistication and refinement, especially due to extensive travel and wide social experience

Synonyms: sophisticated, refined, cosmopolitan, poised, polished, elegant, cultured, worldly, debonair, polite, genteel

Antonyms: unsophisticated, unrefined, bucolic, boorish

Tips: The word urbane evolved from the word urban, which means "characteristic of a city or city life." City living was thought to be sophisticated, thus the meaning. Someone who is urbane is well traveled and has been to many cities, acquiring culture and sophistication from these travels. See also, cosmopolitan.

Usage Examples:

He was an urbane gentleman who was conversant in the arts and music history. (cultured, sophisticated)

On the exterior, he looked like a well-dressed and urbane businessman, but behind his fašade was an abrasive and boorish personality. (refined, elegant, cultured)

Her urbane sense of style never failed to impress Marla's coworkers. (sophisticated, elegant, polished)

Jeannie hoped that her boorish cousin wouldn't embarrass her among the urbane crowd at the cocktail party. (worldly, cosmopolitan, sophisticated)


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