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.

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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