down·​state ˈdau̇n-ˌstāt How to pronounce downstate (audio)
: the chiefly southerly sections of a state
also : the chiefly rural part of a state when the major metropolitan area is to the north
downstate adjective or adverb
downstater noun

Examples of downstate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The short list’s most famous entrant is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose family estate in Hyde Park is somewhere in that fuzzy expanse separating upstate and downstate New York. Nate Schweber, New York Times, 6 June 2024 Republicans accused Democrats of using the appointment ban in an effort to help protect some incumbents in November, most notably one of the few downstate House Democrats, state Rep. Katie Stuart of Edwardsville. Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2024 Ferrero makes Crunch bars, 100 Grand and Raisinets products at a facility in downstate Bloomington, where a $214.4 million expansion that will allow the production of Kinder products in North America for the first time is on track for completion next year. Talia Soglin, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 In late July, Pritzker announced an agreement with cable manufacturer Prysmian Group to expand its facility in downstate Du Quoin for renewable cable production. Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 When the time was right, Thornton would divert the water from the Cache la Poudre River that irrigated that farmland, put it in a pipeline and send it downstate. David Gelles, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 The deep-draft barges that made the voyage downstate had to be parked well away, because the waters at the project site were far too shallow for them. Lawrence Specker |, al, 24 Aug. 2023 The growing pressure has forced the governor to balance upstate and downstate constituencies with opposing degrees of willingness to accept migrants in their communities. Luis Ferré-Sadurní, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2023 But at the same time, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton acknowledged a growing political, geographic and ideological divide in Illinois, where urban areas are increasingly becoming more Democratic while rural downstate has turned more Republican. Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, 16 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downstate was in 1905

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“Downstate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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