urban- urb-, -urban, -urbia
A reference to a city that connotes cultivation, refinement, and elegance.
2. Etymology: from Latin ambi-, "around, both, in two ways"; which is directly related to ambo-, "both" + urbanus, "belonging to the city or town"; from urbs, urbis, "a city".
"There are more and more neighboring towns around the world that have spread into and blended with each other to form conurbations consisting of highly populated regions with sprawling areas of cities that are clustered together."2. Etymology: from Latin con-, "together" + urbs, "city" + the English noun suffix -ation, "an action or process".
Earliest citation: "To prevent runaway growth and conserve local resources, penturbanites demand judicious county planning. Penturban land is still available at bargain prices, so middle-income families can often afford to live on two-acre to five-acre sites.
To the caring conserver, the old buildings in penturban towns are neither unattractive nor useless, but rich in nostalgia and generally less expensive than new construction.
Penturbia was the fifth great region of colonization in the United States. This followed the movement into the central and southern colonies, then into the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys, then to the great industrial cities, and next into the suburbs of America.
Penturbia was beyond the normal commuting range of big U.S. cities. It included areas replete with farms, forests, lakes, and rivers. In penturbia, there were plenty of opportunities for fishing and golf.
2. Usually a residential region around a major city; the environs.
2. Suburbs collectively, or the people who live in them.