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downtown

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

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; down1 + town
Related formsdown·town·er, noun
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Related Words

urbanmaincentralmetropolitancitycenterbusinessmidtown

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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

noun
  1. the central or lower part of a city, esp the main commercial area
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adverb
  1. towards, to, or into this area
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or situated in the downtown areadowntown Manhattan
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Derived Formsdowntowner, 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.

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