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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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  • 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.
  • In almost every city the big downtown department stores are losing trade to the suburban shopping centers.
  • If saving energy is the main theme then keep all privately vehicles out of downtown areas of large cities during business hours.
  • The owners, who operate a popular downtown catering business, seem determined to make vegetables fun.
  • So this image is a polychromatic view of the crowded downtown region of a bustling city: our galaxy.
  • In the downtown area already posted signs that didn't conform to the specifications were demolished using hydraulic lifts.
  • Anyway, he was soon able to find another job, at a stylish new seafood restaurant downtown.
British Dictionary definitions for downtown

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 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 downtown

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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