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From Old French suburbe, subburbe, from Latin suburbium, from sub- + urbs ‎(city).


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suburb ‎(plural suburbs)

  1. A residential area located on the outskirts of a city or large town that usually includes businesses that cater to its residents; such as schools, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, etc.
    • Hallam
      [London] could hardly have contained less than thirty or forty thousand souls within its walls; and the suburbs were very populous.
  2. (by extension) The outer part; the environment.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      the suburbs [] of sorrow
    • Milton
      the suburb of their straw-built citadel
  3. (Australia, New Zealand) Any subdivision of a conurbation, not necessarily on the periphery.

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