Definition of nabe in US English:



  • 1A neighborhood.

    • ‘On Bloor Street alone, between Borden and Lansdowne, there were seven nabes: the Bloor, Midtown, Alhambra, Kenwood, Paradise, Metro and Doric.’
    • ‘He made it back to Fells Point by dusk, and humped the Gibson case up the narrow turns of the stairway to his third floor apartment, which he was lucky to have, given the rush of gentrification round the nabe.’
    • ‘But I don't want you to think that I am mentioning this simply to go into some annoying rant about the ‘Good old days’ of the nabe, about gentrification, about progress.’
    locality, neighbourhood, area, district, locale, quarter, community, region, zone, part
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    1. 1.1 A local movie theater.
      • ‘In the '40s, the pre-TV days, Toronto had over 150 neighbourhood cinemas, or ‘nabes.’’
    2. 1.2 A neighbor.