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

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

Arkansas Mountain Home: The city has approved the state’s first downtown entertainment district where people will be allowed to drink alcohol while wandering around. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 The walkable community has three downtown districts, each with a train station for commuter rail service to Chicago, home to the headquarters... Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Winnetka Is An Expensive Slice of Americana," 14 Mar. 2019 While Duncan was perplexed as to why more people weren’t calling downtown home, Rodie wanted to know what residents who were there did for entertainment and nightlife. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "‘Profit-with-a-purpose’ Churchill thrives in downtown Phoenix," 4 July 2019 Millions in tax revenue goes toward marketing Detroit A good chunk of the taxes that are collected downtown stay downtown rather than going into the city’s general fund or to local schools. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "How downtown Detroit's taxes work and who really pays them," 4 June 2019 The proposal came together over the last year or so, Kenny said, as Shelbourne not only bought two major chunks of Pratt Street but solidified its position as the largest owner of top-tier, downtown office space. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "$100M plan to redevelop Hartford’s Pratt Street would add apartments, retail and dining in downtown," 20 June 2019 Brian Isaack Clyde’s assault on the Earle Cabell Federal Building marks downtown Dallas’ second high-profile shooting by a U.S. Army veteran in less than three years. Jake Bleiberg, Twin Cities, "Photographer recounts facing Dallas gunman, who could have shot him," 18 June 2019 Its presence spurred more downtown construction, including of office buildings and high-end apartments. Dan Mcgowan,, "Providence Place: With 150 stores, it’s trying to figure out what’s next in a rocky retail climate," 11 June 2019 The shrieking of the San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s downtown whistle at 4:03 a.m., heard over a radius up to two miles, was the first signal to thousands of citizens that the invasion had started. The Tribune-sun, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 75 years ago the Allies stormed beachheads in France," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Three months after the Wolfes sold the Dispatch, to New Media, the chain and its private equity manager almost immediately instituted newsroom buyouts and quickly moved out of its downtown building. Washington Post, "Is bigger better? Gannett merger will test whether local news can be saved," 9 Aug. 2019 The Houston Public Library in downtown will also serve as a cooling center on Saturday and Sunday. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston activates heat emergency plan, opens cooling centers as heat wave sets in," 9 Aug. 2019 Manchester downtown development specialist Tana Parseliti said. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Claypen of West Hartford to open new studio in Manchester," 9 Aug. 2019 Tennessee Nashville: Add Glen Campbell to the list of late country music legends with a museum in their honor in the city’s downtown. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 News that the historic high-rise that once housed the Nix Hospital maternity ward is up for sale caused many a San Antonian of a certain age to lament that the downtown hospital where they were born will be no more. Richard A. Marini,, "For decades, Nix was San Antonio’s elite ’09 hospital," 9 Aug. 2019 City Council approved a five-year $36 million project list last November designed to speed up buses, add more physically separated bus lanes and improve pedestrian crossings in downtown and the inner eastside., "Bus-only lane coming to Northwest Everett Street on approach to Steel Bridge," 8 Aug. 2019 The Diamondbacks can leave Chase Field and end the team's 20-year residence at the downtown Phoenix stadium as early as 2022, according to an agreement struck with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in May 2018. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks stadium: Could smaller Chase Field be option to keep team in Phoenix?," 8 Aug. 2019 The downtown historic district revels in its Old West roots, as do many of the hip restaurants, bars and boutiques in the area. Irene Lechowitzky, Los Angeles Times, "Durango, Colo., is all about pizza, pastries and a secret speakeasy on this weekend trip," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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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

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: 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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