up·​town | \ˈəp-ˈtau̇n \

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 \

Definition of uptown (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Despite the rain, the midterms, and the typical street closures, New Yorkers migrated uptown last night to celebrate all things elegant at Barneys New York. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Amy Astley, Behati Prinsloo, and Barneys New York Celebrate Interior Designer Extraordinaire Ryan Korban," 7 Nov. 2018 The gallery’s downtown space will present Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018, the first survey of her small-scale work, while uptown eight new large-scale pieces make their debut in a show dubbed New Paintings. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Lisa Yuskavage’s Art Continues to Defy Characterization," 6 Nov. 2018 Selling FINE Art Vincent Price pitches Picasso The target Sears customer was the average American, not the uptown grande dame bedecked in pearls and furs. Tiffany Hsu, The Seattle Times, "When Sears was everywhere: espionage, politics and fine art," 15 Oct. 2018 On Friday night, Ralph Lauren celebrated his 50th anniversary with quite a spectacular show uptown in Central Park. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ads are just one piece of a bigger ‘reckoning’ in the fashion industry," 20 Sep. 2018 Michael Kors channeled uptown glamour for its latest fall campaign. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "A Very Uptown Michael Kors Campaign," 3 July 2018 The new Spectrum development will be a gateway, McClure said, by bridging the high rises of uptown and South End. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Retail, restaurants and a boutique hotel are planned for South End," 29 June 2018 While ballroom culture sizzled uptown, there was also the rise of the yuppie Trump era and the excess of a different kind coming together farther downtown. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "Strike a 'Pose.' Here's a look at the fashion from Ryan Murphy's FX drama," 12 July 2018 Last weekend's ominous skies forced The Mardi Gras Indian Council to postpone the uptown Super Sunday to March 25th. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday is today: What to know before you go," 25 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By night, head uptown for jazz in Harlem or grab a slice of crack pie for dessert at Momofuku Milk Bar. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Where to go Head to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation uptown for its latest Community Pie Social, a throwback to a simple time where people got together to enjoy good food and good conversation. charlotteobserver, "What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?," 10 July 2018 This year for the first time, for instance, event organizers blocked off sections of over 7,000 seats at the Spectrum Center uptown for the tournament's championship games. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "CIAA 'reevaluates' whether to host annual basketball tournament in Charlotte," 9 July 2018 The building is one of uptown Charlotte's oldest commercial strips, with brick buildings that date to 1921. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Popular uptown restaurant closed for pest infestation, other problems," 22 June 2018 Brooklyn was the name of a historically African-American neighborhood in uptown that sat on land now largely occupied by local government buildings and a quiet park. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Massive redevelopment in uptown Charlotte takes a step closer to becoming reality," 10 July 2018 In the morning, Ms. Rockburne, a single mother, would bring her daughter uptown to school at Dalton. Phyllis Tuchman, New York Times, "Dorothea Rockburne’s Ephemeral Art and Enduring Legacy," 4 May 2018 In the Big Apple, Midtown is that swath of the island between downtown and uptown. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A new D.C. building is coining a new neighborhood name — or resurrecting one," 19 June 2018 As a parting gesture, Kyle offered to drive us uptown in his BMW. Melanie Caduhada, The Cut, "That Time My Ex Tried to Buy Me Out of Our Cat," 19 June 2018

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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

: 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 \

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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