What Does URBAN Mean?

URBAN means "Of, Relating To, or In a Town or City."

When talking about populated areas, the term URBAN is widely used, but poorly defined. As explained in this blog post by the World Bank, the criteria for defining URBAN differ widely throughout the world. As explained in this joke, the criteria for defining URBAN can sometimes be quite simple:
  • If you stand naked on the front porch and the neighbors can't see you, it's rural.
  • If you stand naked on the front porch and the neighbors call the cops, it's suburban.
  • If you stand naked on the front porch and the neighbors ignore you, it's urban.
In general chat about URBAN, people are usually referring to URBAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, an umbrella term for styles of Black music that have emerged and gained traction since the 1970s, including soul, hip hop, rap, and R&B.

URBAN FASHION is a laid-back look influenced by the local scene, political events, movies, and music (especially hip hop & rap).

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When I write URBAN, I mean this:

meaning of URBAN

Hip Hop is a style of URBAN music.

Summary of Key Points

"Of, Relating To, or In a Town or City" is the most common definition for URBAN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Of, Relating To, or In a Town or City
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

An Academic Look at URBAN

URBAN is typically used as an adjective (i.e., a describing word). For example:
  • I love URBAN music.
  • I live in an URBAN area.
  • I love URBAN fashion.

Example of URBAN Used in a Text


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