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up·​town ˈəp-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce uptown (audio)
: of or relating to uptown
an uptown restaurant
: fashionably upscale
an uptown dress
uptown adverb


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up·​town ˈəp-ˌtau̇n How to pronounce uptown (audio)
: the upper part of a city or town
also : the residential district of a city or town

Examples of uptown in a Sentence

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Nearby Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 6000 Fairview Road won’t open at 4 p.m. today and referred customers to the uptown location. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 6 May 2024 Around 20 firefighters rushed to the scene of a blaze that erupted at a former CVS on 30th and Broadway in Oakland’s uptown neighborhood on Friday afternoon. Kate Talerico, The Mercury News, 6 Apr. 2024 Follow more of our reporting on Instagram & TikTok at The Charlotte Observer Politics & Government Are Charlotte’s uptown transit center plans in danger? Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 5 Apr. 2024 Read: The political novel gets very, very specific The narrator—based on the author himself, who worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign and in his White House—is David Hammond, a 22-year-old single father from uptown Manhattan. Danielle Amir Jackson, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2024 The uptown galleries were showing mostly European art and little that was contemporary. Jennifer Wilson, New York Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Starting this weekend, uptown streets will be transformed into an art lover’s paradise for one of the biggest music, art and food events of the year: Charlotte SHOUT! Chyna Blackmon, Charlotte Observer, 29 Mar. 2024 Her famous red hair pulled back loosely, with a face-framing fringe, Ringwald wears flowy black embroidered silk, looking more downtown bohemian than uptown doyenne. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 The pair later tied the knot on May 28, 2011, at Arlington Hall, a historic mansion in uptown Dallas. Hollee Actman Becker, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024
Soon afterward, officers begin calling for police to block streets between Galway Drive and Carolinas Medical Center, just south of uptown, so that the wounded officers can be quickly transported there. Gavin Off, Charlotte Observer, 14 May 2024 Why the scaffolding on the uptown Charlotte apartment building gave way remains unclear. Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer, 16 Apr. 2024 Of course, there is uptown that is different, but the novelty to me was to find so many labels in sportswear that were cool. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2024 Fun Gallery openings were mobbed, more like block parties than the white-wine affairs of a traditional white-cube gallery, as uptown dealers and collectors mixed with D.J.s and aspiring teenage graffiti artists, brandishing their sketchbooks. Penelope Green, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2024 According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police alert, uptown and southeast Charlotte will be impacted by the closures and delays, as well as roads near Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Jeff A. Chamer, Charlotte Observer, 4 Apr. 2024 The two had folded themselves into the back seat of a pedicab and were rocketing uptown. Mattie Kahn, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2024 Life will be held in the First Ward area in uptown at 300 N Brevard St. with three different stages, including the QC local stage for Charlotte-area performers, along with culinary, cultural, art, and experiential activations and a special section for those with VIP tickets. Chyna Blackmon, Charlotte Observer, 27 Mar. 2024 But the Polo Grounds uptown still touches hearts while having truly disappeared. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uptown was in 1796

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“Uptown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uptown. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: toward, to, or in the upper part of a town
took the bus uptown
uptown adjective

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