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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

Example Sentences

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Ignacio Mattos is an uptown, midtown and downtown kind of guy. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2022 Their cognac leather Ania Skirt is straight out of the mid-1990s playbook on minimal uptown style. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 1 Dec. 2022 The part of the look that seems to have the most staying power with the uptown boys, however, is the simple gold chain. Jason Diamond, Town & Country, 28 Nov. 2022 This one-bedroom condo is in a 2005 building on Pill Hill, between Temescal and uptown and near shopping, restaurants, and BART. The Week Staff, The Week, 20 Nov. 2022 His daughter, 25-year-old Destinee Govan was killed in the uptown neighborhood of Houston in late September 2022. Lucas Finton, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 The team ventured uptown to remake the storied Four Seasons in the Seagram Building, a controversial roller-coaster ride that ended in wide acclaim for the Grill. Julia Moskin, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2022 Up until now, Margot Robbie has been known for her prim-and-proper, uptown style, aided by her close relationship with Chanel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2022 The pair later tied the knot on May 28, 2011, at Arlington Hall, a historic mansion in uptown Dallas. Hollee Actman Becker, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2022
People spoke of the play itself, their memories of growing up downtown, uptown, or elsewhere, and more. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, 28 Oct. 2022 Maintaining an emergency department in downtown Kenosha is key to the city's rebuilding plan for the nearby uptown and downtown neighborhoods in the wake of the civil unrest that followed the 2020 shooting of Kenosha resident Jacob Blake. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2022 From 1993 to 2009, the shows happened under white tents at Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, relocating further uptown in 2010 to Lincoln Center before finding its current home downtown at Spring Studios in 2015. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2021 The week-long extravaganza begins this Friday and consists of busy days spent running uptown and downtown to attend shows and nights out at bustling after parties and events. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2022 In New York City, the firm lists no offices in Manhattan uptown of West 81st Street, along with locations in affluent Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, but none in the lower-income Bronx or working-class Queens. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2022 On Friday, the ceremony and reception were held at Felicity Church, a restored church that now serves as an event space uptown. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 6 July 2022 The Drifter in Mid-City, The Country Club in Bywater and The Chloe uptown. Nathaniel Adams, Chron, 29 July 2022 The magazine’s white photographers would not venture into the chaos uptown, and no Black artists were on staff to illustrate the impending story. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 See More

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


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

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