"Relating to or concerned with a city or densely populated area." Hence urban legend, urban decay, and others.

Also used in the US as a desciption of the culture and music popular among urban black populations: urban music (rap, hip-hop), urban culture, urban fashion. Generally used by white music collumnists, but also sometimes used within the rap and hip-hop industry(-ies).
A radio station format that plays contemporary R&B, hip-hop, and/or rap music. Musical styles can vary widely. This format is also called "Urban Contemporary."

Source: The M Street Radio Directory, 1996 edition

Ur"ban (?), a. [L. urbanus belonging to the ity or town, refined, polished, fr. urbs, urbis, a city: cf. F. urbain. Cf. Urbane.]


Of or belonging to a city or town; as, an urban population.


Belonging to, or suiting, those living in a city; cultivated; polite; urbane; as, urban manners.

Urban servitude. See Predial servitude, under Servitude.


© Webster 1913.

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