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 downtown (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for downtown

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of downtown in a Sentence

Adjective the downtown clientele of this bistro come to be seen, and the food is only an afterthought
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Reyna had been scheduled to take Andrés, a family friend, with her on a semiweekly trip to a downtown wholesale market to get supplies for her shop. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 Before San Francisco office workers start streaming back to downtown high-rises again, property owners and managers need to make sure those buildings are safe. J.k. Dineen,, 28 May 2020 Freed from the shackles of 9-to-5 office work, these white-collar workers are seeking mountain homes near open space and tranquility far from downtown high-rises. J.k. Dineen,, 25 Aug. 2020 His firm's BMO Tower just opened in April and is downtown Milwaukee's newest office tower. Jeff Bollier, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 May 2020 Located in a neighborhood that was then an industrial backwater, the club provided a safe space in downtown Manhattan for large groups of young African-Americans. Alex Williams, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2020 Low temperatures around dawn dip to 40 degrees or so downtown, with mid-30s in the coldest spots well away from the Beltway. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2019 Homebuyers looking for a deal amid the coronavirus pandemic might be hard-pressed to find one Marcelo Garcia and Melissa Richmond are selling their downtown Seattle condo for $1,069,000. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 13 Apr. 2020 The Shops on El Paseo, an outdoor dining and shopping area, is a five-minute drive from the property, and downtown Palm Springs is about half an hour away. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 20-minute walk from downtown across the bridge to Heinz Field is a great way to start the day., 11 July 2021 Ex-president Donald Trump will headline the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hilton Anatole near downtown Dallas. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 8 July 2021 On January 6 in downtown Washington, Duong spoke with an undercover Metropolitan Police officer, according to his charging papers. Hannah Rabinowitz And Katelyn Polantz, CNN, 7 July 2021 Zhao later invited Markey to a casual lunch at Sichuan Pavilion, a popular restaurant in downtown Washington. New York Times, 7 July 2021 Fort Lauderdale commissioners formally accepted a bid from Elon Musk’s Boring Co. late Tuesday to build an underground tunnel from downtown to the beach. Susannah Bryan,, 7 July 2021 Paolo Dungca, one of two Philippine chefs behind Pogiboy in downtown Washington, freely talks about how Jollibee has influenced their fast-casual concept. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 The latest finding occurred about 8:40 p.m. Sunday in the Mississippi River across from downtown and near the old Pillsbury mill in the St. Anthony Main area of the city, said Hennepin County Sheriff's Office spokesman Andy Skoogman. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 5 July 2021 Friday the 13th is a big deal in Deep Ellum, the hipster haven hiding in plain sight on the eastern flank of downtown Dallas. Jonathan Thompson, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 July 2021

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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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“Downtown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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