Complete Definition of "ghetto"

see|Ghetto
English

Etymology
From Italian (Venetian dialect), ''ghèto "foundry".

Pronunciation
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÉtÉÊ|-ÉtÉÊ

Noun
en-noun|s|pl2=ghettoes

  1. The district in a city where Jews were compelled to confine themselves.

#:The Jews of Venice were confined to the ghèto, in what is now the Arsenale district

  1. An economically depressed urban district predominently inhabited by members of one ethnic or religious group.

#:Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville are often cited as African-American ghettos.
#:South New Orleans is often thought of as a Black Ghetto.

  1. A district where members of one ethnic, religious, or cultural group are congregated, usually voluntarily.

#:The Castro district of San Francisco is a gay ghetto.
#:Beverley Hills is the ghetto of the glitterati.

Derived terms
ghetto blaster, ghettoblaster
ghettoise - ghettoize

Translations
Dutch: ghetto n
German: Getto n, Ghetto n
Polish: getto n
Italian: ghetto m
Portuguese: gueto n (from ghetto<sub>1,3</sub>)
:::favela n (from ghetto<sub>2</sub>)

Adjective
en-adj

  1. of or related to a ghetto or to ghettos in general
  2. slang informal of low quality; cheap; shabby

#: My apartment's so ghetto, the rats and cockroaches filed a complaint with the city!
#: I like to drive ghetto cars, if they break down you can just abandon them and pick up a new one!


Dutch

Noun
ghetto n (plural: ghetto's, diminutive: ghettootje)

  1. ghetto

Italian

Noun
it-noun|ghett|m|o|i

  1. #English|ghetto

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