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favela

noun fa·ve·la \fə-ˈve-lə\

Definition of favela

  1. :  a settlement of jerry-built shacks lying on the outskirts of a Brazilian city



Variants of favela

also fa·vel·la play \fə-ˈve-lə\

Origin of favela

Brazilian Portuguese favela, perhaps from Favela, hill outside Rio de Janeiro


First Known Use: 1946


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