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’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the uptown communities are hashing out their agendas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I found myself wandering, freezing cold, on the streets of uptown Waterloo, loudly having a discussion about the theoretical persona of a student.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the end of the letter it said to meet again at another restaurant in the uptown area the next day at noon.’
    • ‘The whole crew was in an uptown bar, talking quietly.’
    • ‘They refuse to take passengers any further uptown and into Harlem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rally will be followed by a march to uptown Waterloo.’
    • ‘He's in the New York Presbyterian Hospital that is uptown on the upper west side called the Columbia.’
    • ‘At dusk, the giant uptown oaks - with the Spanish moss waving in the wind - looked spooky but reassuring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ten blocks south of the heart of the peace march, protesters streamed through the Union Square subway station toward an uptown train.’
    • ‘Along with recommendations related to the uptown region and urban sprawl, the height and density study provided a set of recommendations on student housing.’
    • ‘She is Sarah, the uptown girl and apple of her protective father's eye.’
    • ‘She looks very uptown New York - petite in an ivory cashmere sweater, floppy grey pants and black slip-ons, chestnut hair tied back.’
    • ‘I was uptown again this weekend, the sudden drop in temperature giving notice that Central Park's autumn colours would soon disappear.’
    • ‘She'd lost the gift of seeing the uptown world as an outsider - she was seeing it as its inhabitants did, more or less.’
    • ‘Most students share the opinion that uptown Waterloo is the preferred location for shopping, entertainment and alcoholic consumption, as opposed to downtown Kitchener.’
    1. 1.1 Of or characteristic of an affluent area or people.
      ‘I don't pay uptown prices’
      • ‘You'd expect high prices like that in uptown nightclubs, not in a pokey little indie pub.’
      • ‘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 wine list, again, was cheap compared to uptown prices and so we settled for a bottle of Brouilly at just under thirty bucks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Concrete is a downtown boutique with sought-after uptown fashions.’
      • ‘The big deal is they are uptown girls together: both spoilt and immature, sure, but also frightened and vulnerable and missing their respective dads.’
      • ‘This is a bar far away from the uptown Yuppy-bars with top dollar cocktails.’
      • ‘Actresses, socialites and Manhattan's uptown girls flocked to his boutique at 33 East 68th Street.’


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

    ‘he couldn't get a taxi to take him back uptown’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Approximately half the paintings uptown depicted vessels of some sort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I didn't get to read it on my commute uptown today because I left it in the living room by accident.’
    • ‘‘Her office and the publishers contacted us because she wanted to do signings uptown, as well as downtown,’ Villarosa reports.’
    • ‘But on my drive back uptown I saw that on every block there seemed to be a homeless person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last weekend I made the trek uptown to Barney's to see the Christmas windows - an annual event.’
    • ‘But the attacks did force her to pack up her family, leave their apartment and stay with relatives and friends uptown for 10 days.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Further uptown, closer to Greenwich Village, two other Irish bar owners are thanking their lucky stars.’
    • ‘Energized by their victory, the marchers strolled downtown, then across town, then uptown again without incident.’
    • ‘I was born in 1973 in Kingston, raised uptown with a suburban, middle-class lifestyle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They walk through neighborhoods uptown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Far uptown, near Columbia University, is the small triangle of Straus Park, where West End Avenue and Broadway intersect at 106th Street.’


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.’