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n. pl. bar·ri·os
1. An urban district or quarter in a Spanish-speaking country.
2. A chiefly Spanish-speaking community or neighborhood in a US city.
Word History: In Spanish, the word barrio means simply "neighborhood." In the United States, however, the word barrio is most often used to describe a Spanish-speaking neighborhood within a city and is derived from the Arabic noun barr, meaning "land, open country." The Arabic adjective corresponding to this noun is barrī, meaning "of the land, of the open country" and by extension "on the outside" (of the city walls or district limits, for example). In medieval times, when Muslim rulers governed the south of Spain, both Arabic and Old Spanish were spoken in the streets of the thriving towns in the region. During this period, the Arabic word barrī, "of the land," was applied to villages and hamlets that lay in the territory surrounding a town or city. As medieval towns outgrew their original walls and overflowed into the surrounding countryside, these villages or barrios were enveloped by the expansion and became neighborhoods of the town itself.
barrio(ˈbærɪəʊ; Spanish ˈbarrjo)
n, pl -rios
1. (Sociology) a Spanish-speaking quarter in a town or city, esp in the US
2. (Sociology) a Spanish-speaking community
[from Spanish, from Arabic barrī of open country, from barr open country]
bar•ri•o(ˈbɑr iˌoʊ, ˈbær-)
n., pl. -ri•os.
1. (in Spain and countries colonized by Spain) a division of a town or city, together with the contiguous rural territory.
2. a section of a U.S. city inhabited chiefly by a Spanish-speaking population.
[1890–95; < Sp < Arabic barrī]
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|Noun||1.||barrio - a Spanish-speaking quarter in a town or city (especially in the United States)|
quarter - a district of a city having some distinguishing character; "the Latin Quarter"
|2.||barrio - an urban area in a Spanish-speaking country|