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downtown

[doun-toun] /ˈdaʊnˈtaʊn/
adverb
1.
to or in the main business section of a city.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or situated in the main business section of a city.
noun
3.
the main business section of a city.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; down1 + town
Related forms
downtowner, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for down-town

downtown

/ˈdaʊnˈtaʊn/
noun
1.
the central or lower part of a city, esp the main commercial area
adverb
2.
towards, to, or into this area
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or situated in the downtown area: downtown Manhattan
Derived Forms
downtowner, noun
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Word Origin and History for down-town

downtown

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for down-town

downtown

noun

Heroin; horse, shit (1980s+ Narcotics)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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