down·​town | \ ˌdau̇n-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce downtown (audio) \

Definition of downtown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or located in the lower part or business center of a city or town
2 : hip, trendy downtown music


down·​town | \ ˌdau̇n-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce downtown (audio) , ˈdau̇n-ˌtau How to pronounce downtown (audio) \

Definition of downtown (Entry 2 of 2)

: the lower part of a city or town also : the main business district or central part of a city or town

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Other Words from downtown


downtown adverb


downtowner \ ˌdau̇n-​ˈtau̇-​nər How to pronounce downtowner (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for downtown

Synonyms: Adjective

au courant, cool [slang], def [slang], groovy, hep, hip, in, mod, now, trendy, turned-on, with-it

Antonyms: Adjective

out, uncool, unhip, untrendy

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Examples of downtown in a Sentence


the downtown clientele of this bistro come to be seen, and the food is only an afterthought

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Alta Lofts at Leftbank, 2300 W. 5th Street, is one of several new upscale apartments under construction or completed all around downtown Fort Worth. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Lots of apartments are being built in Fort Worth, but are you rich enough to rent one?," 4 June 2018 Find the other pigs in central and downtown Phoenix, Arcadia and Gilbert. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "19 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in May for donuts, salads, tacos, pizza," 1 June 2018 And peeking beneath the perennially stylish hat was Shayk's newly cropped, neck-grazing cut that alongside a face of neutral makeup, save for a dab of pink lip gloss, gave her a cool, downtown edge worthy of a model off-duty. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Irina Shayk Elevates Her New Bob With This French Girl Beauty Signature," 9 Jan. 2019 Four of the vehicles that were set on fire were near Redmond’s Education Hill and downtown neighborhoods near Northeast 79th Street and 170th Avenue Northeast, according to the post. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "7 parked cars set on fire in Redmond; police investigating," 3 Oct. 2018 They were also seen taking a stroll together through Central Park and downtown Manhattan. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp Were Spotted Kissing in New York City," 22 Oct. 2018 The reason for Saturday’s migration to downtown Manhattan? Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "New York Fashion Week Gets Wild With a Dinner for Tiffany & Co.," 9 Sep. 2018 Amazon did tout the line in its press release, but a commuter rail with a last evening run leaving at 5:45 p.m., except on Friday evenings, isn’t feasible for most downtown workers. Cari Wade Gervin, Curbed, "Will Amazon be good for Nashville?," 21 Nov. 2018 For whatever reason the fashion set has caught on and now downtown brands like Sandy Liang are designing their own take on the classic Patagonia fleece. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "A Fleece Coat That's Practical and Surprisingly In," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That measure is likely to accelerate the disappearance of parking garages from Midtown and downtown, real estate owners and brokers say. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Congestion Pricing Is Bad News for Parking Garages in New York," 11 Apr. 2019 Look Wall Street rich on top and downtown cool on the bottom! Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire, "How to Style Long Shorts," 15 Apr. 2019 The total sum of his archive, housed in his former apartment in Frank Gehry’s swerve-y downtown building, has been estimated at $20 million. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "David Casavant Is More Than Just an Archivist—Peek Inside His Debut Book," 31 Oct. 2018 Victims' relatives gathered at the site of a seven-story downtown office building that collapsed in last year's magnitude 7.1 quake that killed 228 people in the capital and 141 more in nearby states. Peter Orsi, Fox News, "Mexico commemorates victims of deadly quakes," 19 Sep. 2018 The new headquarters will span four floors of the downtown building near Lake Ontario and open in 2020. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft moving Canadian headquarters into Toronto as it expands," 11 Sep. 2018 Louisville Metro police have closed several downtown streets once again as the department braces for another counterprotest at the site of Occupy ICE’s ongoing demonstration against the federal immigration policy. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Downtown streets close again for another Occupy ICE counterprotest," 14 July 2018 Officials say the tower, which would rise 27 to 29 stories, would provide centralized office space for Los Angeles city workers now based in other downtown buildings. Dakota Smith,, "L.A. City Council backs spending plan for $700-million office tower," 3 July 2018 Where to Stay Palisociety’s first location outside of California opened this November in downtown Seattle, just across from Pike Place—my room had a view of the market’s famous sign, the ferris wheel, and blue water beyond. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat, Stay, and Play in Seattle," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of downtown


1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of downtown

chiefly US : the main or central part of a city or town : the part of a city or town where there are tall buildings, stores, offices, etc.


down·​town | \ ˌdau̇n-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce downtown (audio) , ˈdau̇n-ˌtau̇n\

Kids Definition of downtown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the main or central part of a city or town


down·​town | \ ˌdau̇n-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce downtown (audio) \

Kids Definition of downtown (Entry 2 of 2)

: to or toward the main or central part of a city or town walked downtown

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