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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The 1 bedroom home, built in the 1890s, is situated in uptown Kingston, a short walk away from the town's restaurants, shops, and cafes. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 When the Manhattan couple-about-town decided to buy a downtown apartment as the weekend complement to their uptown residence, the do-it-right-or-don’t-do-it-at-all duo immediately got down to business. Alina Cho, ELLE Decor, "Uptown Glamour Goes Downtown in a Bold West Village Pad," 22 Feb. 2019 Throughout the airy lair, uptown luxury rubs shoulders with downtown flair. Alina Cho, ELLE Decor, "Uptown Glamour Goes Downtown in a Bold West Village Pad," 22 Feb. 2019 There were feathers, fur, and no shortage of vintage Chanel at last night’s opening of the new uptown Manhattan outpost of What Goes Around Comes Around. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Mannequins and Models Donned Vintage at the Opening of What Goes Around Comes Around Madison Avenue," 9 Feb. 2019 There is also a shift in taste from uptown to downtown. Candace Taylor And Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "New York’s Wealthiest Cut Losses as Manhattan Real Estate Falters," 29 Nov. 2018 Binx Walton, Kaia Gerber, Lexi Boling, and Hanne Gaby Odiele, et al—to the collection’s uptown-downtown mash-ups of tweed, rugby stripes, leopard, and leather. Corey Tenold, Vogue, "Go Backstage at Alexander Wang’s Fall 2019 Show in Brooklyn," 2 Dec. 2018 The lofty store is roughly double the size of its uptown sibling, and offers a larger inventory of its furniture and accessories, as well as interior design services. Alyssa Wolfe, ELLE Decor, "Double the Fun," 5 July 2012 Last year when the first phase, running about 1.6 miles uptown, finally opened, the final price tag was more than $4 billion. That’s many times the cost of comparable French or British projects. David Siegel, WSJ, "Don’t Binge on Bridge-Building," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 If uptown is a place to focus on work, then downtown is where the couple spend their time relaxing and exploring new neighborhoods. Alina Cho, ELLE Decor, "Uptown Glamour Goes Downtown in a Bold West Village Pad," 22 Feb. 2019 By 1909, there were 42 nickelodeons adjacent to the Lower East Side and 10 uptown in Jewish Harlem. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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