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She and her aunt had lived for five years in this suburb of St. Ellis.

This suburb of Berea is one of the prettiest spots in South Africa.

There may be some time, when that part of the country becomes a suburb of Cordova!

He has a perfectly self-conscious joy that he is not in a square or a suburb.

Not long thereafter the building in the suburb of Cooperstown was burned.

It was said, a few years ago, that a Plantagenet was a butcher in a suburb of London.

It was outside of the walls, in the suburb nearest the Appian Way.

I was the only son of a widow, and we led a secluded life in a London suburb.

Behind, the black outlines of the suburb which they had just quitted.

In 1917 she became a commuter from her home in Sewickley, a Pittsburgh suburb.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "residential area outside a town or city," from Old French suburbe, from Latin suburbium "an outlying part of a city," from sub "below, near" (see sub-) + urbs (genitive urbis) "city." An Old English word for it was underburg. Close to crowds but just beyond the reach of municipal jurisdiction, suburbs in 17c., especially those of London, had a sense of "inferior, debased, and licentious habits or life" (e.g. suburban sinner, slang for "loose woman, prostitute"). By 1817, the tinge had shifted to "inferior manners and narrow views." Compare also French equivalent faubourg.

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