Definition of urbane in English:



  • (of a person, especially a man) courteous and refined in manner.

    ‘he is charming and urbane’
    ‘a sophisticated, urbane man’
    • ‘This is some of the most polite, urbane jazz I have heard for ages.’
    • ‘Colleagues describe him as urbane and well connected.’
    • ‘Some even remember him as being affable, urbane, ambitious - and confident with women.’
    • ‘And for all their alleged ironic detachment and urbane wit, they never got the joke.’
    • ‘He was impeccably dressed, unfailingly polite, urbane and sophisticated.’
    • ‘Cary Grant, you will remember, was the sophisticated, urbane Englishman.’
    • ‘He was urbane and charming as, indeed, are most members of the Sri Lankan ruling elite.’
    • ‘It was a terrible thing to say, especially since he is an urbane man.’
    • ‘The true standout moments are not necessarily the most urbane.’
    • ‘Black and white can also bring a touch of drama to dining and living rooms, where sideboards, screens and leather sofas can provide a touch of urbane chic.’
    • ‘Their all-black uniforms complemented well the restaurant's suave and urbane ambience.’
    • ‘He has the two requisite characteristics: toughness and a smooth, urbane manner.’
    • ‘He was an urbane intellectual in a country terrorized by a primitive tribal thug and his loyal clansmen.’
    • ‘This, you knew immediately, was the art of an urbane and worldly society that valued beauty, elegance and sophistication.’
    • ‘They were urbane as well as patriotic, superbly efficient in their work yet interested in the world outside government.’
    • ‘Educated at one of Shanghai's top universities, he's urbane, articulate in English and works in a foreign law firm.’
    • ‘Pat was cultured and urbane and had a wonderful sense of humour.’
    • ‘Though she had known him less than two days, Dorethea considered Mr Shrewsbury to be wonderfully urbane and civilised.’
    • ‘At last, something has breached the barriers of the urbane politeness he seems to construct around himself these days.’
    • ‘He was urbane, witty, had impeccable taste and was by all accounts a great fan of the ladies.’
    suave, sophisticated, debonair, worldly, elegant, cultivated, cultured, civilized, well bred, worldly-wise
    glib, smooth, slick, polished, refined, poised, self-possessed, dignified
    courteous, polite, civil, well mannered, gentlemanly, gallant, courtly, charming, affable, tactful, diplomatic, media-savvy
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘urban’): from French urbain or Latin urbanus (see urban).