down·​town | \ ˌdau̇n-ˈtau̇n \

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, ˈdau̇n-ˌ \

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 \ -​ˈtau̇-​nər \ 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

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 The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (May 11) As Jim Jarmusch’s early producer and romantic partner, filmmaker Sara Driver comes by her downtown New York know-how honestly. Vogue, "The 13 Documentaries You Need to See This Summer," 21 May 2018 The aldermen say this would be the first Chicago street renaming since 1968, when South Park Drive was renamed to honor Martin Luther King Jr., and the first downtown street named for a woman and a person of color. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics ‘Ida B. Wells Drive’ introduced in City Council: ‘She was a pillar of the community’," 23 May 2018 The 23-year-old has been bringing her remixed take on old-school vocals to downtown New York recently, rendering onlookers silent. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Singer-Songwriter Is the Downtown New York Fashion Scene’s Newest Muse," 19 Apr. 2018 Hilton said the total number of people downtown Wednesday night was estimated at about 8,000 people. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Despite drowning, Fourth of July fireworks-related 911 calls down significantly in Elgin," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mandatory Housing Affordability upzones already have occurred in the University District, downtown and South Lake Union, Lower Queen Anne, the Chinatown International District and parts of the Central Area. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council starts debate on upzones; here’s how neighborhoods across the city would be affected," 8 Jan. 2019 Well, parts of its downtown anyway—those parts suspiciously close to air-quality monitoring stations. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Lessons of ‘Dieselgate’," 4 Jan. 2019 Kansas City left 5-star product reviews on the e-commerce site, Calgary offered to rename their city, and Birmingham promised to install massive Dash buttons in its downtown, all in attempts to become North America’s next big company town. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 bids: The weird ways cities wanted to woo Bezos," 27 Dec. 2018 The city of Aurora is seeking to finish up the work needed on Benton Avenue through downtown. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora ready to finish Benton Avenue work," 13 July 2018 The creek meanders from Boulder Canyon right through downtown, and the adjacent 5.5-mile paved path is great for walking, running and biking. Melanie D.g. Kaplan,, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 The downtown Horses Atelier, decorated with Toronto Ink Company tests, has become something of a pilgrimage for those craving waisted flight suits, puff-sleeve jackets, and signature slip dresses. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 Now, the two-wheelers—which make sprawling, un-walkable downtowns easier to explore and give you an option other than Uber to get to just-out-of-reach neighborhoods—have a behemoth's stamp of approval. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Google Maps Now Shows You How Long It Would Take to Go By Scooter," 13 Dec. 2018 The new rules impose strict restrictions on which vehicles can enter an area of just under two square miles in the city’s downtown. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Madrid’s ban on polluting vehicles cuts traffic by nearly 32 percent in some areas," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of downtown


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of downtown

: 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, ˈdau̇n-ˌtau̇n\

Kids Definition of downtown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the main or central part of a city or town


down·​town | \ ˌdau̇n-ˈtau̇n \

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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