(?), n. [L. suburbium; sub under, below, near + urbs a city. See Urban.] 1. An outlying part of a city or town; a smaller place immediately adjacent to a city; in the plural, the region which is on the confines of any city or large town; as, a house stands in the suburbs; a garden situated in the suburbs of Paris. "In the suburbs of a town." Chaucer.
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[London] could hardly have contained less than thirty or forty thousand souls within its walls; and the suburbs were very populous.
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2. Hence, the confines; the outer part; the environment. "The suburbs . . . of sorrow." Jer. Taylor.
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The suburb of their straw-built citadel.
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Suburb roister, a rowdy; a loafer. [Obs.] Milton.
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