Urbane people are sophisticated, polished, cultured, refined. Spend enough time in an urban setting–-going to concerts and museums, spending time in crowds––and you'll be urbane too.

Both urbane and urban derive from the Latin urbanus, "city," but while urban has connotations of gritty living and crime, urbane assumes that everyone sees the city from the roof deck of their penthouse apartment, drinking champagne and exchanging bon mots with friends. Add a Cole Porter soundtrack and the image is complete.

Definitions of urbane
  1. adjective
    showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
    “maintained an urbane tone in his letters”
    synonyms: polished, refined, svelte
    having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
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