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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
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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.