downtown

adjective
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

downtown

noun
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

Adjective

downtown adverb

Noun

downtowner \-ˈtau̇-nər \ noun

Examples of downtown in a Sentence

Adjective

the downtown clientele of this bistro come to be seen, and the food is only an afterthought

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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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 This annual festival dominates downtown Eagle River and has a schedule filled to the brim with food, vendors and amusing events. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: a new brewery debut, Spectrum music festival and Bear Paw," 13 July 2018 Crane said the club has met with outside investors to address the stadium's exterior and surging downtown surroundings, too. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros have plans for future improvements to Minute Maid Park," 10 July 2018

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But as the risk of climate change grows, this will likely change, with the wealthy colonizing the higher, less flood-prone ground inland and especially in and around downtown. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 A few months ago, the commission selected Flaherty and Collins to redevelop the property with housing, green space and other amenities to complement the nearby downtown. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Michigan distillery's wastewater hurdles, growth on minds as plans in Valparaiso continue," 13 July 2018 With some units starting at $1,600 a month, the price point will sound attractive to tenants who are routinely confronted with monthly rents for smaller apartments that exceed $2,000 at new properties in South Florida downtowns. David Lyons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dania Pointe to offer 600 apartments starting at $1,600 a month, as well as bowling, movies," 13 July 2018 Hours earlier, Puscian and her friends were dining at the Barley House, a popular restaurant and bar in downtown Cleveland. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 While ballroom culture sizzled uptown, there was also the rise of the yuppie Trump era and the excess of a different kind coming together farther downtown. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "Strike a 'Pose.' Here's a look at the fashion from Ryan Murphy's FX drama," 12 July 2018 Jordan Burich, a bartender at Strange Town who organized Italian-style happy-hour pop-ups at Phoenix Cocktail Club downtown, and Micah Buck, who previously worked in the kitchen at Hinterland and Dandan, are opening the bar at 422 E. Lincoln Ave. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Voyager wine bar (plus cocktails and beer) is in the works in Bay View," 11 July 2018 The company has not yet gotten approval from the city to place its scooters in public areas like sidewalks around downtown. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Banned in other cities, these Bird electric scooters have arrived in Kansas City," 11 July 2018 Eastdil Secured, a real estate investment bank, worked on both the sale of its campus and the deal to build downtown at Four Hudson Square. Charles V. Bagli, New York Times, "Disney Will Move New York Operations to Lower Manhattan," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of downtown

Adjective

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined above

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downtown

noun

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.

downtown

noun
down·town | \ ˌdau̇n-ˈtau̇n , ˈdau̇n-ˌtau̇n \

Kids Definition of downtown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the main or central part of a city or town

downtown

adverb
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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