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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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 Just south of uptown Charlotte construction continued at The Railyard Southend on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Deon Roberts, Jim Morrill And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "From breweries to the farm, Trump tariff war produces winners and losers in Charlotte," 12 July 2018 The Centric Gateway apartments in uptown Charlotte were sold this month for $68.75 million, developer Dominion Realty Partners said. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "A multimillion-dollar deal shows why Charlotte’s apartment boom is still going strong," 13 July 2018 Energy veteran Ron Ormand, who already was Lilis' executive chairman, took over as CEO in April and opted to move the headquarters to 1800 Bering Drive near uptown Houston. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Lilis Energy moves to Houston, grows in Permian," 27 June 2018 The police report on the incident said the bus was taking people to a bar in uptown Charlotte from an off-campus house. Mark Becker, ajc, "Party bus carrying UNCC student who fell to her death had no insurance, fake tags," 7 May 2018 Whereas Ouest’s curved red leather booths conveyed a timeless, uptown glamour, the tin ceiling and worn wood floors at Oxbow seem to aim at shabby chic. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 Closer to the waterfront, the town’s Funk Zone has gone more uptown (insert Bruno Mars joke here), while retaining its didn’t-that-tasting-room-used-to-be-a-muffler-shop street cred. Peter Fish, SFChronicle.com, "Wandering Santa Barbara’s wonders more carefree when you’re car-free," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The lines have moved over to the new uptown Whole Foods (although at lunch on Tuesday, there were still enough people piling into Shake Shack to stretch out the door). Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Waiting in line at Shake Shack? There’s a better burger and shake (and it’s cheaper)," 14 June 2018 After a lunch at the Brook Club, the crowd headed uptown to Dorrian's; the bar that's become a preppy landmark was decked out with kitschy gear including sunglasses, balloons, and packs of Marlboros. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Topper Mortimer and Tabitha Simmons Wed in New York City—and Had Their After-Party at Dorrian's," 11 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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