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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Examples of uptown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Holiday was a colorful figure in New York nightlife, including her early years when white Manhattanites went uptown to the Cotton Club and more risque clubs in Harlem to hear her and other notable Black performers. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "'Billie' explores the more enigmatic sides of Billie Holiday," 14 Dec. 2020 While many New Yorkers took a snow day, Muhammad arose before dawn in his apartment in Manhattan’s uptown Harlem neighborhood and took the subway to his newsstand on East 23rd Street. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Deadly winter storm brings nearly 4 feet of snow to some areas of the Northeast. And there's more to come.," 17 Dec. 2020 Of course, the most important reaction is that of the uptown girl herself, and Diana, for one, was thrilled with her performance. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana's Surprise 'Uptown Girl' Dance: The True Story," 24 Nov. 2020 Though the restaurant is closing, Everest Momo food truck will continue to operate at farmers markets in Gilbert, Mesa and uptown Phoenix, and soon Scottsdale. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Metro Phoenix's only Nepali restaurant is closing. Here's what's next for the family shop," 12 Nov. 2020 Vehicles heading uptown were able to get through as of 8:30 a.m. Chris Granger, NOLA.com, "Photos: Car flips over on St. Charles Avenue streetcar tracks in New Orleans," 28 Oct. 2020 And, with few exceptions, takes place in a few uptown ZIP Codes and even fewer tax brackets. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Undoing’ Review: An Upscale Manhattan Melodrama," 22 Oct. 2020 The shop’s original 1,500 square-foot location on East 39th Street closed last July, anticipating that the uptown flagship — all 5,000 square feet of it — would soon take its place 19 blocks north. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "From Krispy Kreme to Weed: Inside 5 Businesses That Opened in Pandemic N.Y.," 7 Oct. 2020 The beer is available on draft at San Tan's uptown Phoenix and downtown Chandler locations. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Want to celebrate Oktoberfest? Here are 9 craft beers to try from metro Phoenix breweries," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Minneapolis, police arrested several demonstrators from among about 30 who had gathered in the city's uptown, WCCO-TV reported. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "8 Seattle protesters arrested, hundreds march in Portland amid election uncertainty," 4 Nov. 2020 In 2017, a paper found genetic distinctions among rats in uptown and downtown Manhattan, likely because the rodents tend to stick within a limited home range. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rats May Be Genetically Adapted to New York Living," 13 Mar. 2020 Saueri aimed his red Schwinn bicycle uptown and pedaled to the lead. Christopher Maag, USA TODAY, "A leader of a New York City march got arrested. Here's how the protest unfolded.," 3 June 2020 Every potato, every carrot, every onion in a West Side Citarella is gone, as is every package of pasta and every jar of tomatoes in an uptown Whole Foods. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Coronavirus Crisis Reveals New York at Its Best and Worst," 23 Mar. 2020 The fortresslike vibe of the uptown, brick-walled office will be exchanged for an airier space of glass and green-toned terra cotta, a once-common decorative material that designers say is making a comeback. New York Times, "With Disney, a Manhattan Neighborhood Reinvents Itself," 3 Mar. 2020 Several long bridges give sweeping views of the area, including one of uptown’s skyscrapers. Steve Harrison And Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "After decade of planning, Charlotte’s light-rail extension opens today | Charlotte Observer," 16 Mar. 2018 Commercial buildings were anathema to New York’s elite, who in the 19th century were forever fleeing farther uptown to escape such noise and bother. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Fighting to Preserve the Magic of Lower Fifth Avenue," 17 Jan. 2020 Her husband, an attorney in uptown Charlotte, traded a 30-minute commute for one that takes 35-minutes, at least at first. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Residents, most of whom came from out of state, are fed up with crowded roads and schools and boil-water advisories," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of uptown was in 1796

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6 Jan 2021

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“Uptown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uptown. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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