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noun ghet·to \ˈge-(ˌ)tō\

: a part of a city in which members of a particular group or race live usually in poor conditions

: the poorest part of a city

plural ghettos also ghettoes

Full Definition of GHETTO

:  a quarter of a city in which Jews were formerly required to live
:  a quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure
a :  an isolated group <a geriatric ghetto>
b :  a situation that resembles a ghetto especially in conferring inferior status or limiting opportunity <the pink-collar ghetto>

Examples of GHETTO

  1. He grew up in the ghetto.

Origin of GHETTO

Italian, from Venetian dialect ghèto island where Jews were forced to live, literally, foundry (located on the island), from ghetàr to cast, from Latin jactare to throw — more at jet
First Known Use: 1611



Definition of GHETTO

transitive verb
:  ghettoize

First Known Use of GHETTO

GHETTOES Defined for Kids


noun ghet·to \ˈge-tō\
plural ghettos or ghettoes

Definition of GHETTO for Kids

:  a part of a city in which members of a particular group live in poor conditions


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