Chi·​na·​town ˈchī-nə-ˌtau̇n How to pronounce Chinatown (audio)
: the Chinese quarter of a city

Examples of Chinatown in a Sentence

We had dinner in Chinatown.
Recent Examples on the Web Former Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who represented Chinatown for nearly a decade, launched the effort within City Hall to purchase Hillside Villa in 2020, after an earlier round of negotiations with Botz broke down. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Classics abound, from red gravy Italian joints (including Ralph’s, the country’s oldest) to beloved Chinatown institutions, and not one but two historic food markets. Regan Stephens, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 Image At the Chinese-Irish lounge Jade & Clover in Manhattan’s Chinatown, the Bitter Sweet is a fresher take on the Jungle Bird, a Tiki classic, with bitter melon replacing Campari. Becky Cooper, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 The vote marks the first step toward a renovation project that city leaders hope will transform the Gallery Place and Chinatown neighborhood into an entertainment district that could boost downtown’s ailing economy. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 That journey is gradual: At first, Faustine is seen donning a black and a blue scarf on her head, but no other clothes to cover the rest of her body, in photos taken outside Brooklyn Borough Hall and a playground in Chinatown. Briana Ellis-Gibbs, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 Los Angeles Festival of Movies The first edition of the Los Angeles Festival of Movies will run April 4 to 7 at venues in Eagle Rock, Chinatown and Historic Filipinotown. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Ronin It may be set in Milan’s busy Chinatown, one of the largest Chinese communities in Europe, but Ronin is all about Japanese cuisine and subculture, with an izakaya bar, a Japanese grill, and private karaoke rooms. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 Sarah had been brought up in a religious household, gone through her rebellious phase as a teenager, and was now teaching dance at a Christian school in Chinatown. Jason Kersten, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chinatown was in 1857

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“Chinatown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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Chi·​na·​town ˈchī-nə-ˌtau̇n How to pronounce Chinatown (audio)
: an area of a city where many people of Chinese ancestry live
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