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

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 His firm's BMO Tower just opened in April and is downtown Milwaukee's newest office tower. Jeff Bollier, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The reopening of Wisconsin offices is expected to happen gradually as businesses adopt social distancing," 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, "Peter Gatien, the ’90s ‘Club King,’ Wants His Final Say," 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, "D.C.-area forecast: Rain develops today, with some patchy freezing rain west; region stays wet into tomorrow," 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, "Despite Stay-at-Home Order, Seattle’s Real-Estate Market Continues to Show Up," 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, "What You Get for $450,000 in California," 13 Apr. 2020 Those who want to participate will undergo a nasalpharyngeal swab, a swab that goes through your nose to the back of your throat, at Lilly’s drive-thru clinic at its downtown headquarters. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Lilly recruiting volunteers for study of asymptomatic coronavirus infection," 7 Apr. 2020 In addition to Tabla, Cardoz and Meyer partnered in 2012 on North End Grill, a Battery Park City staple that was a downtown Manhattan favorite until its closing in 2018. CBS News, "Renowned chef Floyd Cardoz mourned after dying of coronavirus complications: "This is a huge loss"," 26 Mar. 2020 In addition to Tabla, Cardoz and Meyer partnered in 2012 on North End Grill, a Battery Park City staple that was a downtown Manhattan favorite until its closing in 2018. Time, "Celebrity Chef Floyd Cardoz Dies at 59 of Coronavirus Complications," 25 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In one of the longest sustained protests in Louisville's 242-year history, marchers have taken to the streets and downtown public places to rally for justice in the shootings by authorities of Breonna Taylor on March 13 and David McAtee on June 1. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "TIMELINE: 30 days of protests, change and turmoil that rocked Louisville," 28 June 2020 Lightfoot also tweeted a glowing description of Chicago from Trump Hotels, which has a signature property in downtown Chicago. Fox News, "Oakland mayor hits back at Trump after says city is 'hell'," 27 June 2020 The city is located about 10 miles south of downtown Minneapolis. Hollie Silverman, Eric Fiegel And Nicole Chavez, CNN, "FBI investigating apparent noose found in Black firefighter's locker in Minnesota," 27 June 2020 On June 1, over 300 demonstrators marched through Waukesha, into downtown and to the Waukesha County Courthouse., "See the more than 45 communities in Wisconsin that have had protests against police brutality and racial inequality," 27 June 2020 In addition to the Yukon Bar and the Seward Alehouse, several other downtown Seward businesses temporarily closed as a proactive measure, according to the city. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Potential COVID-19 exposure prompts officials to urge testing for visitors to 2 Seward businesses," 27 June 2020 Raven lives in a tent in a grassy area off the side of Interstate 5 near downtown Portland. oregonlive, "Sheltering in place: Inside a Portland homeless camp built during the coronavirus pandemic (Video)," 27 June 2020 Meters will charge 50 cents per hour in most areas and $1 per hour in busier areas like downtown and south of UC Berkeley campus, the city said in a release. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 24-25," 27 June 2020 After clashing with police at the Justice Center for hours, factions of the crowd spread throughout downtown, where several businesses were vandalized and looted. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Justice Center security video shows police fired pepper spray, tear gas before bulk of violence at Cleveland’s George Floyd protests," 27 June 2020

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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