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downtown

[doun-toun] /ˈdaʊnˈtaʊn/
adverb
1.
to or in the main business section of a city.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or situated in the main business section of a city.
noun
3.
the main business section of a city.
Origin of downtown
1825-1835
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; down1 + town
Related forms
downtowner, noun
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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

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

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for downtown

downtown

/ˈdaʊnˈtaʊn/
noun
1.
the central or lower part of a city, esp the main commercial area
adverb
2.
towards, to, or into this area
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or situated in the downtown area: downtown Manhattan
Derived Forms
downtowner, noun
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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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Slang definitions & phrases for downtown

downtown

noun

Heroin; horse, shit (1980s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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