downtown

[ doun-toun ]
/ ˈdaʊnˈtaʊn /

adverb

to or in the main business section of a city.

adjective

of, relating to, or situated in the main business section of a city.

noun

the main business section of a city.

Nearby words

  1. downswing,
  2. downtake,
  3. downthrow,
  4. downtick,
  5. downtime,
  6. downtrend,
  7. downtrodden,
  8. downturn,
  9. downvote,
  10. downward

Origin of downtown

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; down1 + town

Related formsdown·town·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for downtown

downtown

/ (ˈdaʊnˈtaʊn) US, Canadian and NZ /

noun

the central or lower part of a city, esp the main commercial area

adverb

towards, to, or into this area

adjective

of, relating to, or situated in the downtown areadowntown Manhattan
Derived Formsdowntowner, noun

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Word Origin and History for downtown

downtown

n.

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

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