1 showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience; "his polished manner"; "maintained an urbane tone in his letters" [syn: polished, refined, svelte]
2 characterized by tact and propriety
3 marked by wide-ranging knowledge and appreciation of many parts of the world arising from urban life and wide travel; "the sophisticated manners of a true cosmopolite"; "urbane and pliant...he was at ease even in the drawing rooms of Paris" [syn: sophisticated]
EtymologyExisting since the sixteenth century in the sense of “appropriate to a city”: from urbain or from urbanus (from urbs, “city”).
- Rhymes: -eɪn
Courteous, polite, refined, and suave
- The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]
- Feminine plural form of urbano
Urbane mentioned in the Bible:
- Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
accommodating, affable, agreeable, amiable, appropriate, attentive, balanced, becoming, bland, civil, civilized, clubbable, clubbish, clubby, communicative, companionable, companionate, compatible, complaisant, congenial, considerate, courteous, decent, decorous, deferential, fair, felicitous, fit for society, fitting, fond of society, friendly, genial, genteel, graceful, gracious, gregarious, happy, hospitable, meet, metropolitan, obliging, poised, polite, proper, respectful, right, seemly, smooth, sociable, social, social-minded, solicitous, suitable, tactful, thoughtful