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

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 Adding driverless cars to that mix would increase travel time in downtown Boston by more than 5 percent, the new study concludes, as more transit riders opt for door-to-door service for short trips between two downtown points. Adam Vaccaro,, "Driverless cars might make Boston traffic worse," 27 June 2018 Perch, a new 12th-floor cafe/coffee bar/cocktail bar in the new Frost Tower in downtown Fort Worth, has an open-air balcony patio that wraps around a corner, providing some great northwest, east and downtown views. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Backyard hangouts, roofs with a view and more: 12 new restaurant patios for 2018 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 Bristol Hospital is building a three-story medical office building and lab on the former mall property, which is expected to bring hundreds of workers and patients downtown every day. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "New Brewery Looks to Offer Craft Beer In Bristol By End of 2018," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scottsdale, Arizona Tucked into a quiet neighborhood against the backdrop of Camelback Mountain, Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa is a five-minute drive to the city’s downtown. Vogue, "Style Meets Substance—The 7 Must-Visit Shopping Neighborhoods Around the Globe," 24 Oct. 2018 Sephora rented out The Majestic Downtown, a luxurious 25,000-square foot event space in downtown L.A. often used as a set for music videos (J.Lo's Dinero was shot there) as well as movies and TV shows including Bridesmaids and The Good Place. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Inside Sephoria: Sephora's Fabulous, Glittery, Two-Day House Party," 22 Oct. 2018 While most stores stay open on Christmas Eve, downtowns and strip malls are (understandably) much quieter on Christmas Day. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Which Stores Are Open on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve," 21 Oct. 2018 Low temperatures by just before dawn may bottom out in the mid-60s outside of the Beltway, to around 70 degrees downtown. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Un-muggy heat through tomorrow, but then we turn steamy and wetter into next week," 13 July 2018 Baltimore firefighters responded to several blazes Wednesday across the city’s westside while also preparing to respond to the official Fourth of July fireworks celebration downtown — and unofficial displays elsewhere. Doug Donovan,, "Before evening fireworks, Baltimore crews face several fires across the city," 5 July 2018 For example, the Route 33 Vliet-Juneau line goes east from Washington Park to King Park to downtown to Juneau Park, with stops in between. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "All you need to know about the July 3 fireworks in Milwaukee," 29 June 2018 The expanded service, which could be available by 2023, would connect midtown and Plaza-area residents to downtown, where there are currently more than 80,000 jobs, according to a report by the Downtown Council. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Study: KC's job accessibility by transit growing faster than in San Francisco, Austin," 29 June 2018 The shopping center is about a five-minute drive to the historic downtown and surrounded by Southern Sky Brewing Company and Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Ben Brasch, ajc, "A $65M mixed-use development is set to take over Cobb shopping center," 26 June 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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