[adverb, noun uhp-toun; adjective uhp-toun]


to, toward, or in the upper part of a town or city: He rode uptown on the bus.


moving toward, situated in, or pertaining to the upper part of a town: Take the uptown bus.
of, for, or characteristic of affluent people; elegant, stylish, or luxurious: uptown fashions; uptown tastes.


the uptown section of a town or city: Uptown is less crowded.

Origin of uptown

First recorded in 1830–40; up- + town
Related formsup·town·er, noun
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adjective, adverb

towards, in, or relating to some part of a town that is away from the centre


such a part of a town, esp a residential part
Derived Formsuptowner, noun
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Word Origin and History for uptown

1802, "the higher or upper portion of a town," from up + town. As this usually was the residential portion of a town (especially a port) the word had overtones of that. Specific meaning "more prosperous area of town" is recorded from 1946.

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