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[chahy-nuh-toun] /ˈtʃaɪ nəˌtaʊn/
the main Chinese district in any city outside China.
Origin of Chinatown Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "That's Chinatown," said Allie, laughing at the accuracy of the description.

    In Blue Creek Caon Anna Chapin Ray
  • All this was gone and a new Chinatown must seem like a sham.

  • Mark, as guide, let business go as he led them on his grand tour of Chinatown.

    The Readjustment Will Irwin
  • There is nothing in the world like the smell of a Chinatown in a Western city.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • I penetrated the warrens of underground Chinatown, wondering why white women lived there, and why they hid at sight of me.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for Chinatown


a quarter of any city or town outside China with a predominantly Chinese population
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Chinatown

1857 in California, from China + town. But from 1852 in a St. Helena context.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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