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-ˌ 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 \ -​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

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 They were also seen taking a stroll together through Central Park and downtown Manhattan. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp Were Spotted Kissing in New York City," 22 Oct. 2018 The reason for Saturday’s migration to downtown Manhattan? Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "New York Fashion Week Gets Wild With a Dinner for Tiffany & Co.," 9 Sep. 2018 Amazon did tout the line in its press release, but a commuter rail with a last evening run leaving at 5:45 p.m., except on Friday evenings, isn’t feasible for most downtown workers. Cari Wade Gervin, Curbed, "Will Amazon be good for Nashville?," 21 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pieri favors an edgy take on elevated glamour, Rutherford is a master at exuding downtown cool. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Two BAZAAR Editors Swap Styles," 14 Mar. 2019 Now, with $30 million in new funding, NeueHouse has signed recent contracts for two new locations in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles and downtown L.A., which are scheduled to open in 2019, Mr. Wyatt said. Craig Karmin, WSJ, "Upscale Co-Working Firm Aims for Restart With New CEO, Funding," 27 Nov. 2018 Deolloz brought Curbed around town during Austin City Limits, one of the many festivals that temporarily reconfigure Austin’s downtown—and illustrate how inefficient cars are for moving through busy streets. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How bike advocate Katie Deolloz gets around Austin," 19 Oct. 2018 Streets will be closed in downtown D.C. this weekend for a film shoot, police said. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Downtown street closures planned for rumored ‘Wonder Woman’ shoot in D.C. this weekend," 6 July 2018 The Central District banh-mi spot Mr. Saigon has expanded to downtown and is eyeing a third location in Pioneer Square. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 The allure of true crime compelled guests to brave the bitter cold to the screening downtown at Metrograph. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine Attend The New York Premiere for TNT’s I Am The Night," 24 Jan. 2019 Sort the finalists by category here: Search: City Tech talent rank Average asking rent for Class A office space Tech talent wages Non-tech wages Time from downtown to international airport Atlanta #99 $30 sq. Rani Molla, Recode, "Amazon’s HQ2 announcement is imminent. Here’s a look at the final contenders.," 15 Oct. 2018 Police cars block a street leading to the Jacksonville Landing area in downtown Jacksonville, Fla,, Sunday afternoon. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Madden Videogame Competition in Jacksonville, Fla., Erupts in Gunfire," 26 Aug. 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

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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