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downtown

[doun-toun]
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adverb
  1. to or in the main business section of a city.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or situated in the main business section of a city.
noun
  1. the main business section of a city.

Origin of downtown

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; down1 + town
Related formsdown·town·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for downtown

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  • He did not know where to go, but unconsciously his steps took him downtown.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • Then he kept on downtown toward the office of Carter, Rand & Seagraves.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • I remembered one minute I was downtown New York, looking across the river.

    The Hated

    Frederik Pohl

  • A windy day, one would have said in the dark channels of downtown ways.

    Pipefuls</p>

    Christopher Morley

  • Out of the downtown traffic the three machines increased their speed.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for downtown

downtown

noun
  1. the central or lower part of a city, esp the main commercial area
adverb
  1. towards, to, or into this area
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or situated in the downtown areadowntown Manhattan
Derived Formsdowntowner, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for downtown

n.

1835, from down (adv.) + town. The notion is of suburbs built on heights around a city.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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