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ghet·to

 (gĕt′ō)
n. pl. ghet·tos or ghet·toes
1. A usually poor section of a city inhabited primarily by people of the same race, religion, or social background, often because of discrimination.
2. An often walled quarter in a European city to which Jews were restricted beginning in the Middle Ages.
3. Something that resembles the restriction or isolation of a city ghetto: "trapped in ethnic or pink-collar managerial job ghettoes" (Diane Weathers).
adj. Slang
In a manner typical or stereotypical of an impoverished urban area, as in being makeshift, garish, or crass: "I pick up the pair of very big, very ghetto, door-knocker bamboo earrings" (Meesha Mink and De'nesha Diamond)."Isn't chewing gum when accepting an award very ghetto?" (Vibe).

[Italian, after Ghetto, island near Venice where Jews were made to live in the 16th century.]

ghetto

(ˈɡɛtəʊ)
n, pl -tos or -toes
1. (Sociology) sociol a densely populated slum area of a city inhabited by a socially and economically deprived minority
2. (Sociology) an area in a European city in which Jews were formerly required to live
3. (Sociology) a group or class of people that is segregated in some way
[C17: from Italian, perhaps shortened from borghetto, diminutive of borgo settlement outside a walled city; or from the Venetian ghetto the medieval iron-founding district, largely inhabited by Jews]

ghet•to

(ˈgɛt oʊ)

n., pl. -tos, -toes.
1. a section of a city, esp. a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of a minority group.
2. (formerly, in most European countries) a section of a city in which all Jews were required to live.
3. an environment to which a group has been relegated, as because of bias, or in which a group has segregated itself for various reasons: female job ghettos; a suburban ghetto for millionaires.
[1605–15; < Italian, orig. the name of an island near Venice where Jews were forced to reside in the 16th century < Venetian, literally, foundry (giving the island its name), n. derivative of ghettare to cast; see jet1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ghetto - formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to liveghetto - formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live; "the Warsaw ghetto"
quarter - a district of a city having some distinguishing character; "the Latin Quarter"
2.ghetto - any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping; "the relative security of the gay ghetto"; "no escape from the ghetto of the typing pool"
life - a characteristic state or mode of living; "social life"; "city life"; "real life"
3.ghetto - a poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions
city district - a district of a town or city
Translations
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ghetto
ghetto
ghettofavelle
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hverfi; fátækrahverfi
getas
getograustu rajons
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ghetto

[ˈgetəʊ] N (ghettos or ghettoes (pl)) → gueto m (Hist) → judería f

ghetto

[ˈgɛtəʊ] nghetto m
in the ghetto → dans le ghettoghetto blaster ngros radiocassette m

ghetto

n (lit, fig)G(h)etto nt

ghetto

[ˈgɛtəʊ] nghetto

ghetto

(ˈgetəu) plural ˈghetto(e)s noun
a (poor) part of a city etc in which a certain group of people (especially immigrants) lives. Large cities like New York have many ghettoes.
References in classic literature ?
The address Jurgis had was a garret room in the Ghetto district, the home of a pretty little French girl, Duane's mistress, who sewed all day, and eked out her living by prostitution.
He passed over the Ghetto, and saw the old Jews bargaining with each other, and weighing out money in copper scales.
Maybe nobody will be there," Brissenden said, when they dismounted and plunged off to the right into the heart of the working-class ghetto, south of Market Street.
It was impossible that this should be, much less in the labor ghetto south of Market.
Furthermore, when the expense of the maintenance of armed guards over the pest-house, day and night, throughout the years, is considered, Walter Merritt Emory could have saved many thousands of dollars to the tax-payers of the city and county of San Francisco, which thousands of dollars, had they been spent otherwise, could have been diverted to the reduction of the notorious crowding in school-rooms, to purer milk for the babies of the poor, or to an increase of breathing-space in the park system for the people of the stifling ghetto.
And she in the motor-car, watching, saw the pair cross Market Street, cross the Slot, and disappear down Third Street into the labour ghetto.
But they were ghetto people, and were not to be quieted.
His boxing, and his experience in the slums and ghettos of the world, had taught him restraint.
Following on the acclaimed singles "Angel," with Lalah's distinctive performance of Anita Baker's hit, and "Little Ghetto Boy," bringing her signature voice to her father Donny Hathaway's beloved classic, other highlights on the album include Lalah-penned tracks "Mirror," "Brand New," "This Is Your Life," "Whatever" and more.
I suggest the signs be re-worded to say welcome to Ghetto Birmingham
Critique: Impressively well written, exceptionally and effectively organized and presented, "America The Black Point of View - An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe and The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy, The 1950s and 1960s" should a part of every community and academic library Black History reference collection and supplemental studies list.
Ghetto Voices in Contemporary German Culture: Textscapes, Filmscapes, Soundscapes, by Maria Stehle, focuses on representations of the ghetto trope in literature, film, and rap music.