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Definition of Suburb

(noun) A residential area outside of a city that is close enough for a daily commute.

Types of Suburb

Suburb Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sub·urb

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsəbərb/
  • British English – /ˈsʌbəːb/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: suburbs
  • Also called:
    • suburbia
    • suburban area
  • Informally called:
    • burb
    • “the burbs”

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Cite the Definition of Suburb

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “suburb.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 13, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/suburb/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

suburb. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/suburb/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “suburb.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 13, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/suburb/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“suburb.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/suburb/>.