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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an exclusive suburb/area
▪ They live in an exclusive suburb on the north side of the city.
▪ Their housing situation is not atypical, even for this affluent suburb.
▪ Lisa Tessler is from an affluent suburb of New York.
▪ But the scheme has given little reassurance to families in Skopje's eastern suburbs.
▪ In addition to the palatial and leafy suburbs, there are areas of inner-city terraced housing awaiting redevelopment and large outlying council estates.
▪ A far cry from the leafy suburbs of Sydenham.
▪ She bought a long lease on the apartment in quiet and respectable Hahnwald, a leafy and staid suburb of Cologne.
▪ Voters living in leafier suburbs might have thought differently.
▪ When their lot improves, immigrants tend to move out to leafier suburbs.
▪ They financed a whole new suburb, Shaker Heights, early this century.
▪ We were not in central Washington, you understand, but in a new suburb.
▪ The new suburbs have seven houses to the acre, whereas the old city had 30.
▪ From here is a view of the new, box-like suburbs of N, S and N-W Prague.
▪ St John's Wood, smart new suburb of north London.
▪ These were superseded by more substantial updraught kilns which have been found right across the northern suburbs.
▪ Even the water tower in Addison, a northern suburb, is bathed in blue light.
▪ A feeder tramway would link the extension to the northern suburb of Bohnice.
▪ The first branch, in the northern Houston suburb of Spring, changed its hours in October 1999.
▪ Seductive country, then, to charm a young London schoolteacher away from the semi-rural but crowded northern suburbs of the capital.
▪ Nuclear plants are sprinkled liberally across the capital, with a particularly dense clump in the northern suburbs.
▪ As they left the northern suburbs, the car began to tremble in Jed's hands.
▪ When Peter was made curate in a northern suburb of Bristol, Anna celebrated the event by becoming pregnant.
▪ He had been there for an hour in the darkness of the abandoned marshalling yard in the outer suburbs of East Berlin.
▪ The vistas of fir forests, islands and lakes disintegrated into an outer London suburb and a mundane wife called Letitia.
▪ As they reached the outer suburbs it began to drizzle slightly and Preston switched the wipers on.
▪ Ringways Two and Three threatened the middle-class outer suburbs.
▪ Pierry Pierry, once a separate village, is now a continuation of the southern suburbs of Épernay.
▪ Praha Metro is also planning a fourth route linking the city centre and the southern suburbs.
▪ For the time being we reside with her parents in their small but practical house in the southern suburbs of Berlin.
▪ Newcastle City now includes the very wealthy suburb of Gosforth.
▪ The Berzinses' spacious house is in a wealthy suburb of Indianapolis.
▪ The train hastened through the flat Thames Valley fields and flat Western suburbs with single-minded impatience.
▪ They had died in battle in a Western suburb of the city.
▪ There are few votes to be won in the rich white suburbs by promising to move poor blacks there.
▪ Compton still felt to me like a quiet, mostly white suburb with narrow cement streets shaded by carob trees.
▪ Even affluent blacks are choosing to live together rather than move into predominantly white suburbs.
▪ They could live in pleasant suburbs and travel to work; they could take off to previously distant areas for their holidays.
▪ Whether they lived in suburbs or cities, when elderly women ventured out, they were the overwhelming victims of street violence.
▪ However, many people living in towns and cities do, in fact, live in suburbs.
▪ Another thing was that most of the Republicans who might have filled the bill lived in the suburbs.
▪ She is a 34-year-old lady who lives in the suburbs of a city with her husband or partner.
▪ Voters living in leafier suburbs might have thought differently.
▪ And anyone who lives in a suburb should steal one if necessary.
▪ But between 1850 and 1920 some 15 percent of the total population of the United States moved to the suburbs.
▪ So more and more families moved to the suburbs, with better schools their prime objective.
▪ He switched on the engine, and the car began to move swiftly through the suburbs where she lived.
▪ Fifth, families moved to the suburbs.
▪ When their lot improves, immigrants tend to move out to leafier suburbs.
▪ Also, he said, more families have moved to the suburbs, where transit is not always an easy alternative.
▪ White people with money have all moved to the suburbs.
▪ Even affluent blacks are choosing to live together rather than move into predominantly white suburbs.
▪ All the social workers come in from their comfortable homes in the suburbs.
▪ Amy teaches at a primary school in a suburb of Atlanta.
▪ I was born and brought up in a suburb of New York City.
▪ More and more people are moving to the suburbs every year.
▪ My family moved to the suburbs when I was ten.
▪ They have just bough a house in Pacific Palisades, a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles.
▪ City officials are wary of population loss to suburbs and point with pride to the overall population gain that has accompanied annexation.
▪ Even in the richest suburbs there are well-concealed but frequently extensive neighborhoods inhabited by poor people.
▪ His parents lived in the Balmoral suburb of south Belfast.
▪ It invented the suburb - the most successful invention in the history of human habitation.
▪ Last year his family bought a villa in a smart Athens suburb.
▪ The city and its suburbs have some 2, 000 public grade crossings, 268 with whistle bans.
▪ The falls are at Neuhausen, an extension of Schaffhausen to the south, rather than a suburb of it.
▪ The rich send their children to private schools and the middle classes move to the suburbs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.''

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

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

    The suburb of their straw-built citadel.

    Suburb roister, a rowdy; a loafer. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "area outside a town or city," whether agricultural or residential but most frequently residential, from Old French suburbe "suburb of a town," from Latin suburbium "an outlying part of a city" (especially Rome), from sub "below, near" (see sub-) + urbs (genitive urbis) "city" (see urban). Glossed in Old English as underburg. Just beyond the reach of municipal jurisdiction, suburbs had a bad reputation in 17c. England, especially those of London, and suburban had a sense of "inferior, debased, licentious" (as in suburban sinner, slang for "loose woman, prostitute"). By 1817, the tinge had shifted to "of inferior manners and narrow views." Compare also French equivalent faubourg.\n\n[T]he growth of the metropolis throws vast numbers of people into distant dormitories where ... life is carried on without the discipline of rural occupations and without the cultural resources that the Central District of the city still retains. [Lewis Mumford, 1922]


n. 1 The area on the periphery of a city or large town. 2 (context by extension English) The outer part; the environment. 3 (context AU NZ English) Any subdivision of a conurbation, not necessarily on the periphery.


n. a residential district located on the outskirts of a city [syn: suburbia, suburban area]


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. In most English-speaking regions, suburban areas are defined in contrast to central or inner city areas, but in Australian English, "suburb" has become largely synonymous with what is called a " neighborhood" in other countries and the term extends to inner city areas. In some areas, such as Australia, China, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and a few U.S. states, new suburbs are routinely annexed by adjacent cities. In others, such as Arabia, Canada, France, and much of the United States, many suburbs remain separate municipalities or are governed as part of a larger local government area such as a county.

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. In general, they have lower population densities than inner city neighborhoods within a metropolitan area, and most residents commute to central cities or other business districts; however, there are many exceptions, including industrial suburbs, planned communities, and satellite cities. Suburbs tend to proliferate around cities that have an abundance of adjacent flat land.

Suburb (1951 film)

Suburb (Spanish: Suburbio) is a 1951 Argentine drama film directed by León Klimovsky and starring Pedro López Lagar, Fanny Navarro and Zoe Ducós. The film portrays life in one of the poorer neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Under pressure from the Peronist authorities, Klimovsky changed the ending to suggest that the problems of such communities were now a thing of the past.

Usage examples of "suburb".

Bailleul, Willerval, Vimy, Givenchy-en-Gohelle, Angres, and Lievin, with the Double Crassier and several of the suburbs of Lens, fell into our hands.

Over the years, Hyde and Berman had formed an odd-couple relationship, the avuncular conservative Catholic from the Chicago suburbs and the amiable Jewish liberal from California.

They come here from Rome and the suburbs called Italy, they pinch and squeeze and extort, and then they go home again with purses bulging, indifferent to the plight of those they leave behind, the people of Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian Asia.

This little suburb enjoys all the privileges of extraterritoriality, and even the French Minister to Belgium goes through the motions of being accredited to a foreign Government in his country.

At first I thought I might only get assigned to do a feature spot on those tacky hummel animals who are mooching around the suburbs.

Older generations of pretties lived out in the suburbs, hidden by the hills, in rows of big houses separated by strips of private garden for their littlies to play in.

On the journey back from the City to the suburb where he lived, Minks made a sonnet on it.

We left the overpass and moved down a concrete road through west Northolt, a residential suburb of the airport.

The leading edge was already spreading out into the suburbs, the teargas attenuated enough to be essentially harmless, but what about the paralytic agent?

Since he was an equal opportunity polluter, the suburbs were getting their fair share of the waste too.

The Germans intend to defend the mouth of the Scheldt, and are still resisting in the northern suburbs of Antwerp.

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Off to the north there was a long uninterrupted line of sight over to the middle-class suburbs of Serpolet and Gallmarch, the militia tower of St.

North Shore suburbs and planned communities and people leaving their front doors agape in their rush to get out and mill around and spectate at the circle of impacted waste drawing sober and studious crowds, milling in rings around the impact, earnestly comparing mental notes on just what it is they all see.

Using the encrypted telephony program, he placed a call to the Atlanta DCIS office out in Smyrna, a suburb north of Atlanta.