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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from downtown


downtown adverb


downtowner \ ˌdau̇n-​ˈtau̇-​nər How to pronounce downtowner (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for downtown

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of downtown in a Sentence

Adjective the downtown clientele of this bistro come to be seen, and the food is only an afterthought
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His firm's BMO Tower just opened in April and is downtown Milwaukee's newest office tower. Jeff Bollier, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The reopening of Wisconsin offices is expected to happen gradually as businesses adopt social distancing," 28 May 2020 Located in a neighborhood that was then an industrial backwater, the club provided a safe space in downtown Manhattan for large groups of young African-Americans. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Peter Gatien, the ’90s ‘Club King,’ Wants His Final Say," 2 Apr. 2020 Low temperatures around dawn dip to 40 degrees or so downtown, with mid-30s in the coldest spots well away from the Beltway. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Rain develops today, with some patchy freezing rain west; region stays wet into tomorrow," 13 Dec. 2019 Homebuyers looking for a deal amid the coronavirus pandemic might be hard-pressed to find one Marcelo Garcia and Melissa Richmond are selling their downtown Seattle condo for $1,069,000. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "Despite Stay-at-Home Order, Seattle’s Real-Estate Market Continues to Show Up," 13 Apr. 2020 The Shops on El Paseo, an outdoor dining and shopping area, is a five-minute drive from the property, and downtown Palm Springs is about half an hour away. New York Times, "What You Get for $450,000 in California," 13 Apr. 2020 Those who want to participate will undergo a nasalpharyngeal swab, a swab that goes through your nose to the back of your throat, at Lilly’s drive-thru clinic at its downtown headquarters. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Lilly recruiting volunteers for study of asymptomatic coronavirus infection," 7 Apr. 2020 In addition to Tabla, Cardoz and Meyer partnered in 2012 on North End Grill, a Battery Park City staple that was a downtown Manhattan favorite until its closing in 2018. CBS News, "Renowned chef Floyd Cardoz mourned after dying of coronavirus complications: "This is a huge loss"," 26 Mar. 2020 In addition to Tabla, Cardoz and Meyer partnered in 2012 on North End Grill, a Battery Park City staple that was a downtown Manhattan favorite until its closing in 2018. Time, "Celebrity Chef Floyd Cardoz Dies at 59 of Coronavirus Complications," 25 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Saturday morning, police worked to disperse crowds in downtown Los Angeles as multiple businesses were looted. Fox News, "George Floyd death: The cities where people are protesting and rioting," 30 May 2020 Also damaged Friday night were the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta as well as buildings in and around Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. Ben Thomas |, al, "College Football Hall of Fame vandalized, looted in Atlanta riots," 30 May 2020 The man fatally shot near the police brutality protests in downtown Detroit on Friday was a 21-year-old male from Eastpointe, according to Detroit police. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Man killed in shooting near Detroit protests was 21-year-old Eastpointe man," 30 May 2020 The institute is slated to be housed in the National Security Collaboration Center on UTSA’s downtown campus. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "UTSA, feds in talks to launch cybersecurity institute to protect manufacturers," 30 May 2020 Monday’s memorial for Bryant and his daughter Gianna has drawn a sellout crowd to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles., "The Latest: Kobe Bryant Service Ends With Oscar-winning Film," 18 May 2020 Police and fire investigators launched a criminal probe Sunday into the cause of an explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles that sent firefighters running for their lives. Time, "LAPD Launches Criminal Investigation of Explosion That Injured 12 Firefighters," 18 May 2020 Temperatures in downtown Los Angeles climbed into the 90s. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Summer Presents Dangerous Choice: Swelter in Quarantine or Risk Contagion," 28 Apr. 2020 The company will keep an administrative and financial office in downtown Los Angeles. Dallas News, "Water tech firm OriginClear moves corporate HQ from Los Angeles to McKinney," 27 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'downtown.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of downtown


1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1845, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about downtown

Time Traveler for downtown

Time Traveler

The first known use of downtown was in 1837

See more words from the same year

Statistics for downtown

Last Updated

1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Downtown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for downtown


How to pronounce downtown (audio) How to pronounce downtown (audio)

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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on downtown

What made you want to look up downtown? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!