A suburb is a residential district located on the outskirts of a city. If you live in the suburbs, you probably travel to the city for work.

Suburb comes from Latin: sub means "below or near" and urbis means "city." You also will recognize this root in urban. Suburbs have more single-family homes than apartment buildings, and living there, you are more likely to have a yard with trees and grass. The downside is, if you work in the city, you might have a long commute that adds to the time you are away from your family.

Definitions of suburb

n a residential district located on the outskirts of a city

suburban area, suburbia
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a suburb of London and the headquarters of the club where annual international tennis championships are played on grass courts
a northwestern suburb of Paris; the residence of the Merovingian royalty in the 7th century
a southeastern suburb of Paris; site of an international airport serving Paris
Sun City
a residential suburb of Phoenix
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a suburban area laid out in streets and lots for a future residential area
bedroom community
a community where many commuters live
a New Orleans district lying outside the original city limits; used in combination with the names of various quarters of the city
stockbroker belt
a wealthy residential suburb
Type of:
community, residential area, residential district
a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences

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