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downtown

1835 as an adverb, "into the town," from the prepositional phrase; see down (adv.) + town. The notion is originally literal, of suburbs built on heights around a city. From 1836 as an adjective; by 1851 as a noun.

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Definitions of downtown from WordNet
1
downtown (n.)
the central area or commercial center of a town or city;
the heart of Birmingham's downtown
Synonyms: business district
2
downtown (adv.)
toward or in the lower or central part of town;
3
downtown (adj.)
of or located in the lower part of a town, or in the business center;
downtown Manhattan
delinquents roaming the downtown streets
From wordnet.princeton.edu