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

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 At Seattle’s Pike Place Market, where a ragtag collection of produce, meat, and seafood stalls overlooks the city’s downtown waterfront, crowds gather around comforting displays of food. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 Heavy cloud cover Wednesday morning blocked at least downtown Portland's view of the celestial show., "Portland Wednesday weather: Too cloudy for the super blue blood moon; showers with high of 48," 31 Jan. 2018 Alta Lofts at Leftbank, 2300 W. 5th Street, is one of several new upscale apartments under construction or completed all around downtown Fort Worth. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Lots of apartments are being built in Fort Worth, but are you rich enough to rent one?," 4 June 2018 Find the other pigs in central and downtown Phoenix, Arcadia and Gilbert. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "19 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in May for donuts, salads, tacos, pizza," 1 June 2018 And peeking beneath the perennially stylish hat was Shayk's newly cropped, neck-grazing cut that alongside a face of neutral makeup, save for a dab of pink lip gloss, gave her a cool, downtown edge worthy of a model off-duty. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Irina Shayk Elevates Her New Bob With This French Girl Beauty Signature," 9 Jan. 2019 Four of the vehicles that were set on fire were near Redmond’s Education Hill and downtown neighborhoods near Northeast 79th Street and 170th Avenue Northeast, according to the post. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "7 parked cars set on fire in Redmond; police investigating," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The School of Performing Arts, which offered classes for students through high school, moved in 2016 from a space at 5th Avenue Station, just north of downtown, to its location at 1112 S. Washington St. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville's School of Performing Arts closes abruptly after 30-year run, owner cites financial issues with landlord," 13 June 2019 Once home to cattle and sheep ranches, the 570-acre park is only five minutes north of downtown. Washington Post, "Why you should visit Columbus, Ohio," 13 June 2019 There are less painful ways of delivering the same message, such as trying to provide more employment opportunities closer to where those forced out of downtown live. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Traffic jams are a sign of income inequality," 12 June 2019 The campaign is a response to legislation the city passed in January 2018 to rezone portions of Paso Robles to allow for taprooms and tasting rooms to be built in bustling parts of downtown. Alyssa Pereira,, "Chuck the wine. Paso Robles is a beer town now," 12 June 2019 The next year, the building opened at what was then the northeast edge of town, at what is now 56th Avenue and Glenn Drive in the heart of downtown. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Other similar buildings sold or demolished, this historic Glendale women's club was rebuilt," 12 June 2019 City officials are eyeing a $2.3 million plan that would add medians, landscaping and lighting along the Mother Road west of downtown. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 The properties, both warehouses east of downtown, had been used as distribution and storage facilities for the Houston Chronicle. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Chronicle parent shedding more real estate," 11 June 2019 Police have charged a suspect, Edward Thomas, 29, with assaulting Booker in April outside an apartment complex south of downtown after a minor traffic accident. NBC News, "Murders of black transgender women in Dallas raise fears in LGBTQ community," 10 June 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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to take the place or position of

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