Definition of uptown in English:



Pronunciation /ˈʌptaʊn/
North American
  • 1Of, in, or characteristic of the residential area of a town or city.

    ‘uptown Manhattan’
    ‘an uptown bar’
    • ‘Business owners are also being allowed back into New Orleans' uptown district, French Quarter and central business district, though curfews apply and travel between zip codes is prohibited.’
    • ‘She is Sarah, the uptown girl and apple of her protective father's eye.’
    • ‘The most common dog in Japan is making its way to the United States, taking up residence in uptown penthouses and becoming a fashion statement for the hip crowd in Greenwich Village or Chelsea.’
    • ‘She looks very uptown New York - petite in an ivory cashmere sweater, floppy grey pants and black slip-ons, chestnut hair tied back.’
    • ‘She'd lost the gift of seeing the uptown world as an outsider - she was seeing it as its inhabitants did, more or less.’
    • ‘I was uptown again this weekend, the sudden drop in temperature giving notice that Central Park's autumn colours would soon disappear.’
    • ‘He's in the New York Presbyterian Hospital that is uptown on the upper west side called the Columbia.’
    • ‘I found myself wandering, freezing cold, on the streets of uptown Waterloo, loudly having a discussion about the theoretical persona of a student.’
    • ‘The whole crew was in an uptown bar, talking quietly.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the uptown communities are hashing out their agendas.’
    • ‘At dusk, the giant uptown oaks - with the Spanish moss waving in the wind - looked spooky but reassuring.’
    • ‘Most students share the opinion that uptown Waterloo is the preferred location for shopping, entertainment and alcoholic consumption, as opposed to downtown Kitchener.’
    • ‘Ten blocks south of the heart of the peace march, protesters streamed through the Union Square subway station toward an uptown train.’
    • ‘I was traveling on bus in uptown Manhattan, when I spotted this object of my desire, so I got off and went straight to the shop.’
    • ‘At the end of the letter it said to meet again at another restaurant in the uptown area the next day at noon.’
    • ‘Along with recommendations related to the uptown region and urban sprawl, the height and density study provided a set of recommendations on student housing.’
    • ‘They refuse to take passengers any further uptown and into Harlem.’
    • ‘The rally will be followed by a march to uptown Waterloo.’
    • ‘We have tracked down some of the more prominent residents in the uptown apartment building that had the nine-foot-wide nest of a red-tailed hawk removed the other day.’
    • ‘The study will inevitably provide the research basis upon which all such development decisions are made by the City of Waterloo for proposed uptown initiatives in the coming years.’
    1. 1.1 Of or characteristic of an affluent area or people.
      ‘I don't pay uptown prices’
      • ‘The wine list, again, was cheap compared to uptown prices and so we settled for a bottle of Brouilly at just under thirty bucks.’
      • ‘Actresses, socialites and Manhattan's uptown girls flocked to his boutique at 33 East 68th Street.’
      • ‘Here's another uptown brasserie with downtown prices, aiming at the guests from the Central Park South hotels who may not want to pay the out-of-sight prices of the in-house eateries.’
      • ‘But the price tags at his uptown emporium weren't the only things in the gleaming cases that were hard to swallow.’
      • ‘The big deal is they are uptown girls together: both spoilt and immature, sure, but also frightened and vulnerable and missing their respective dads.’
      • ‘Concrete is a downtown boutique with sought-after uptown fashions.’
      • ‘You'd expect high prices like that in uptown nightclubs, not in a pokey little indie pub.’
      • ‘This is a bar far away from the uptown Yuppy-bars with top dollar cocktails.’
      • ‘Here are two people out of their neighborhood, among the uptown rich, away from their comfort zone… so they bond, in spite of their little skirmish.’


Pronunciation /ʌpˈtaʊn/
North American
  • In or into an uptown area.

    ‘he couldn't get a taxi to take him back uptown’
    • ‘Energized by their victory, the marchers strolled downtown, then across town, then uptown again without incident.’
    • ‘Of course, you have to keep in mind that for most people, 30 minutes is the perfect amount of time to allot for our commute, because usually, that's exactly the amount of time the drive uptown would take.’
    • ‘But on my drive back uptown I saw that on every block there seemed to be a homeless person.’
    • ‘Last weekend I made the trek uptown to Barney's to see the Christmas windows - an annual event.’
    • ‘Further uptown, closer to Greenwich Village, two other Irish bar owners are thanking their lucky stars.’
    • ‘Walking uptown through the frosted streets last Thursday I felt a smug satisfaction with the city and the way that familiar sights seemed transformed by the snow.’
    • ‘With eighteen restaurants uptown, downtown, and in Pittsburgh, and management teams of varying strengths, he matches his ceaseless enthusiasm only with his love of diversity.’
    • ‘But the attacks did force her to pack up her family, leave their apartment and stay with relatives and friends uptown for 10 days.’
    • ‘This resulted in three smaller marches uptown as protesters mainly ignored police warnings to stay on the sidewalk and instead spilled out onto the streets.’
    • ‘The superior side dishes complement the meat, instead of overwhelming it with truffle cream sauces and fanciful piles of sweet-potato fries, as they do at some of the trendy steakhouses uptown.’
    • ‘So anyway, I hop back on the bus followed by another ferry trip back to Manhattan and catch the subway uptown to Grand Central and a short walk to Madison Ave for interview number two.’
    • ‘This brave and exciting cityscape gives way to more prosaic buildings on College and Queens Street, while further uptown is the amiable Victorian enclave of Cabbage Town.’
    • ‘They walk through neighborhoods uptown.’
    • ‘‘Her office and the publishers contacted us because she wanted to do signings uptown, as well as downtown,’ Villarosa reports.’
    • ‘Approximately half the paintings uptown depicted vessels of some sort.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I didn't get to read it on my commute uptown today because I left it in the living room by accident.’
    • ‘I was born in 1973 in Kingston, raised uptown with a suburban, middle-class lifestyle.’
    • ‘Far uptown, near Columbia University, is the small triangle of Straus Park, where West End Avenue and Broadway intersect at 106th Street.’
    • ‘For about a year, until I lost it putting out the trash, I had an expensive Hamilton watch that I wore on expeditions uptown, sliding it ostentatiously as far down wrist as it would go.’
    • ‘And so I left feeling very good, and as I took the bus uptown to meet the missus, I finished the song, almost without thinking.’


Pronunciation /ˈʌptaʊn/
North American
  • The uptown area of a town or city.

    ‘Cambridge's uptown’
    • ‘All of them watched as the dogs ran onto the train tracks that divided the ghetto from the uptown.’