towntown /taʊn/ ●●●S1W1 noun 🔊 🔊 1place [countable]SGTOWN a large area with houses, shops, offices etc where people live and work, that is smaller than a city and larger than a village 🔊 an industrial town in the Midlandstown of 🔊 the town of Norwalk, Connecticut 🔊 I walked to the nearest town.► see thesaurus at city2main centre [uncountable]SGTOWN the business or shopping centre of a town 🔊 We’re going into town tonight to see a film. 🔊 They have a small apartment in town.3people [singular]GROUP OF PEOPLE all the people who live in a particular town 🔊 The whole town turned out to watch the procession.4where you live [uncountable]TOWN the town or city where you live 🔊 Cam left town about an hour ago, so he should be out at the farm by now. 🔊 I’ll be out of town for about a week. 🔊 Guess who’s in town? Jodie’s sister! 🔊 Do you know of a good place to eat? I’m from out of town (=from a different town). 🔊 We’re moving to another part of town.5village [countable] American EnglishSGTOWNseveral houses forming a small group around a church, shops etc syn village British English 🔊 Rowayton is a small town of around 4,000 people.6 →the town7 →go to town (on something)8 →(out) on the town9 →town and gown →ghost town, home town, → paint the town (red)at paint2(5)COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + townsmall/bigI grew up in a small town in Iowa.The nearest big town is 20 miles away.a little towna pretty little town in the French Alps a major townIt is one of the UK’s biggest retailers with shops in every major town.busy/bustlingThe town was busy even in November.quietThe town is quiet in the summer.Cannigione is a quiet little town with a scattering of shops, restaurants and cafés.sleepy (=very quiet, with not much happening)Johnson grew up in the sleepy retirement town of Asheville.a historic/ancient townVisitors can go on a tour of this historic town.an industrial townThousands moved to the newly forming industrial towns to work in the mills.a seaside townyoung people looking for seasonal work in seaside townsa provincial town (=one that is not near the capital)Many provincial towns were transformed by the coming of the railway.a market town (=a town in Britain where there is a regular outdoor market)The pretty market town of Ashbourne is only 9 miles away.somebody’s home town (=the town where someone was born)He was buried in his home town of Leeds.a new town (=one of several towns built in Britain since 1946)The design of Milton Keynes and other new towns proved unpopular.phrasesthe centre of town/the town centre British English, the center of town/the town center American EnglishThe hotel was right in the center of town.the outskirts/edge of a townIt was six o'clock when she reached the outskirts of the town.