bar·​rio ˈbär-ē-ˌō How to pronounce barrio (audio)
ˈba-rē- How to pronounce barrio (audio)
plural barrios
: a ward, quarter, or district of a city or town in a Spanish-speaking country
: a Spanish-speaking quarter or neighborhood in a city or town in the U.S. especially in the Southwest

Examples of barrio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lucas Alamán, perhaps the greatest nineteenth-century Mexican historian, had watched the final battles for Mexico City with a spyglass from the roof of his house in the barrio of San Cosme. Enrique Krauze, Foreign Affairs, 1 Nov. 2013 The single is a preview of what will be his new LP, to be released on May 9, and which, according to a press release, is inspired by the singer’s humble upbringing in the barrio Pedregal in his native Medellín. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 19 Apr. 2024 Behind the waterfront lies La Chacarita, a friendly and historic barrio that gets a bad rap for drugs and crime, but has more to it. Laurence Blair, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 It is also known as La Colombia Chiquita because of its connection to the barrios in Colombia. Chantal Flores, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for barrio 

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Word History


Spanish, from Arabic barrī of the open country, from barr outside, open country

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of barrio was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Barrio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural barrios
: a neighborhood where most of the people speak Spanish

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