downtown

[doun-toun]
adverb
1.
to or in the main business section of a city.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or situated in the main business section of a city.
noun
3.
the main business section of a city.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism; down1 + town

downtowner, noun
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downtown (ˈdaʊnˈtaʊn)
 
n
1.  the central or lower part of a city, esp the main commercial area
 
adv
2.  towards, to, or into this area
 
adj
3.  of, relating to, or situated in the downtown area: downtown Manhattan
 
'down'towner
 
n

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Word Origin & History

downtown
1835, from down (adv.) + town. The notion is of suburbs built on heights around a city.
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Example sentences
Set throughout the city from the bustling downtown to ritzy, upper-crust
  neighborhoods.
The chamber, along with the city's convention and tourism board, wants the
  casino to be located downtown.
His image literally loomed over the city's residents, on a multistory billboard
  that dominated downtown.
Recently, though, the historic downtown district has been revitalized with
  antiques shops.
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