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[adv., n. uhp-toun; adj. uhp-toun] /adv., n. ˈʌpˈtaʊn; adj. ˈʌpˌtaʊn/
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
1830-40; up- + town
Related forms
uptowner, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for uptown
  • But after a while, they move uptown, into the formal economy.
  • Then it's back into the subway and a few stops further uptown.
  • These restaurants have an uptown look of elegance and often uptown prices as well.
  • He convinces her to marry him and soon after the wedding, he exchanges life in the clinic for an upscale practice uptown.
British Dictionary definitions for uptown


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 Forms
uptowner, 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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Slang definitions & phrases for uptown

up to speed

adjective phrase

Informed; au courant; aware of the situation: Ballard was up to speed now (1980s+)

Related Terms

bring someone up to speed

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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