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

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 There has been a boom in entrepreneurship in non-downtown New York areas like Jamaica, Queens, and the South Bronx. Mae Anderson And Tom Krisher, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Sep. 2021 Windows were blown out of downtown high-rises and downed trees and power lines blocked roads across the city. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 Davinder Singh, co-founder of the Duwara Consciousness Foundation, also is often downtown to oversee mobile showers on 16th Street. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thousands of gaming enthusiasts will flock to downtown Thursday through Sunday for the venerable event, now in its 19th year in Indianapolis and 54th year overall — though the event was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Aug. 2022 Eastsiders are worried about gentrification creeping in from downtown, transit advocates are upset over the unprotected bicycle lanes, and lowriders don’t want the racers on the bridge. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Finding the right private developer is perhaps the most important step in the transformation of the 28-acre distressed neighborhood not far from downtown that includes Butler Terrace, Butler Terrace Addition and Johnson Towers. Scott Turner |, al, 2 Aug. 2022 Tucked away in Laurel Canyon with views overlooking Los Angeles from downtown all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the 1,813 square foot residence sits on an 8,495 square foot lot with three bedrooms. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 July 2022 New this year, Aurora Downtown will host a Sugar Skull City themed Art and Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Society 57 downtown on Saturday, Nov. 5. David Sharos, Chicago Tribune, 27 July 2022 Brown said rooms in the 1913 building are 10-by-12 feet, slightly larger than most rooms in SROs downtown. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2022 By midnight, many of those swarming the outside of Kimi’s had just got off their shift at another local restaurant in downtown, on the East Side, or Federal Hill. Alexa Gagosz,, 26 July 2022 The 76ers’ current home is in south Philadelphia, a few miles from downtown, along with most of the city’s other pro sports teams. Claudia Lauer, ajc, 25 July 2022 See More

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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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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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