Definition of Motown
- 1 (also Tamla Motown) [mass noun] trademark music released on or reminiscent of the US record label Tamla Motown. The first black-owned record company in the US, Tamla Motown was founded in Detroit in 1959 by Berry Gordy, and was important in popularizing soul music, producing artists such as the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye.
- 2informal name for Detroit.
1960s: shortening of Motor Town, by association with the car manufacturing industry of Detroit