down-mar·​ket ˈdau̇n-ˌmär-kət How to pronounce down-market (audio)
: relating or appealing to lower-income consumers
a down-market tabloid

Examples of down-market in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The on-the-lam sequences of Gone Girl take place in this neck of the Ozarks, allowing Tyler Perry’s New York City lawyer to crack wise about a down-market Real Housewives of Branson. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2024 But now the iPhone 13 mini is nowhere to be seen in Apple's online store, even though the larger iPhone 13 still exists as a down-market alternative to the new flagships. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 12 Sep. 2023 Chill factor: Despite some recent successes, video game movies still haven’t quite shaken off their down-market reputation. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 3 Jan. 2024 Its claim to fame was a dubious breakthrough, sort of the down-market flip side to the Pentagon Papers. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2023 The most recent comes as rival down-market retailer Temu filed an antitrust action in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. James Powel, USA TODAY, 19 July 2023 Luxury car brand Audi, a long-term Berlinale backer, dropped out after 2020, replaced this year by the more down-market transporter Uber. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 July 2023 On paper, the XT6’s formula adds up to luxury-SUV richness, but its cabin is plagued by down-market materials that are out of step with its upscale intent. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 25 May 2023 Even the team’s sponsors are relatively down-market; whereas the official watch of Ferrari is Richard Mille (starting price: $60,000), Williams has a deal with Bremont, whose timepieces retail for significantly less. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 13 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of down-market was in 1969

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“Down-market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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