Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “town”

See all translations

town

noun uk   /taʊn/ us  
A1 [C or U] a place where people live and work, containing many houses, shops, places of work, places of entertainment, etc., and usually larger than a village but smaller than a city: a seaside/industrial town a fishing/mining town He was born in the small town of Castleford, in Yorkshire. We stayed in the best hotel in town. the main road into/out of town A2 [S or U] the part of a town where the main shops are: I'm going into/to town at lunchtime to do some shopping. I met Charles while I was in town. [U] the most important city or town in a country or area: We went up to town to see a play. Many people go into town (= New York) from New Jersey on weekends.B1 [U] mainly US the place where you live or work: I'm leaving town for a few days. Barbara is out of town on business this week.the town [S] a town or city, rather than the countryside: I've always lived in the town. [+ sing/pl verb] the people who live in the town: The whole town is/are hoping that their team will win the final tomorrow.
More examples
(Definition of town from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of town?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “town” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More