up·​town | \ ˈəp-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce uptown (audio) \

Definition of uptown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to uptown an uptown restaurant
2 : fashionably upscale an uptown dress


up·​town | \ ˈəp-ˌtau̇n How to pronounce uptown (audio) \

Definition of uptown (Entry 2 of 2)

: the upper part of a city or town also : the residential district of a city or town

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In recent years, the dam between uptown and downtown has started to spring a leak or two—and this season, the floodgates have opened. Adam Green, Vogue, "Meet the Playwrights, Actors, and Directors Radically Reshaping Broadway," 13 May 2019 In Drew Carlisle via Storyful One possibility: Some of the land could be donated to an affordable housing developer and used for housing meant for lower-income renters uptown. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Bank of America ponders what comes next for its land as North Tryon braces for boom | Charlotte Observer," 26 Mar. 2018 The closure of their favorite rink forces a roller-skater and his friends to gather at an uptown establishment. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Other events during the week span Clark County, from Run the Haze at uptown Vancouver’s Trap Door Brewing, to Doppelbaklava at central Vancouver’s Ben’s Bottle Shop, to Shougtoberfest at Camas’ 54-40 Brewing. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Oregon beer this week: A celebration of SW Washington beer, Gigantic expanding to NE Portland, plus events," 30 Aug. 2019 Sarah Icardi, on the other hand, could hardly wait to come back and open a new business in uptown Medina. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "Young musician strikes happy note with opening of Medina violin studio," 30 Aug. 2019 One school in uptown Srinagar, however, remained empty and teachers declined to comment to CNN. Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN, "Under the curtain: Kashmir residents contend with pellet guns and restrictions," 28 Aug. 2019 Oakland police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man late Tuesday on the 500 block of 20th Street in the uptown neighborhood between San Pablo and Telegraph avenue. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Man fatally shot in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood," 21 Aug. 2019 On Sunday evening, police responded to a call that a man had jumped from a building in the uptown neighborhood of Inwood, according to a press release obtained by PEOPLE. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "N.Y. Man Fatally Stabs Wife Before Jumping to His Death from 6th-Floor Apartment," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When the shift ended, Mortenson started sprinting uptown. Matthew Sedacca, BostonGlobe.com, "Cooking eggs in the a.m., shucking oysters in the p.m. — apps help staff restaurants," 1 Sep. 2019 What’s different at Brat Haus uptown At the Phoenix Brat Haus, guests order at a counter and have food brought to their tables, instead of placing an order with a waiter like at the Scottsdale location. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Brat Haus in uptown Phoenix is a new neighborhood spot for games, beer and giant pretzels," 12 July 2019 Tory Burch showed her Fall collection at noon today, downtown at Pier 17, instead of during her normal morning slot, uptown. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "The Futuristic Braids at Tory Burch Will Make You Want to Grow Out Last Season’s Bob," 10 Feb. 2019 Located on a quiet corner uptown in New York City, The Edge Harlem is one of those restaurants created with the locals in mind. Essence, "These Sisterpreneurs In Harlem Know What It Takes To Run A Successful Restaurant," 7 June 2019 Now, the company is building high-end apartments across Charlotte at places like the 36th Street light rail station in NoDa, as well as a new office tower uptown anchored by Ally Financial, near hotels and a Whole Foods. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte developer gears up for more growth with new Japanese ownership," 9 July 2018 Occasionally, in the wilds of New York City, a downtown girl’s gotta move uptown. House Beautiful, "You've Got to See the Colorful Ways This Home Uses Art," 6 June 2019 Major stones in major settings were what resonated uptown; the expressive jewelry of Artwear, which was often rendered in cheap, non-precious materials, didn’t work on East 74th Street. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Remembering Cara Croninger, Artwear Jewelry Maker and “Punk to the Core”," 5 Apr. 2019 Weekends would find Kling migrating uptown from the Village. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Totême Opens a Sleek, New Flagship in Stockholm—And Launches a Shoe Line," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of uptown


1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1844, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of uptown

chiefly US : the upper part of a city or town : the part of a city or town that is away from the central part


up·​town | \ ˈəp-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce uptown (audio) \

Kids Definition of uptown

: to, toward, or in what is thought of as the upper part of a town or city

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