bar·​rio | \ ˈbär-ē-ˌō How to pronounce barrio (audio) , ˈber-, ˈba-rē- How to pronounce barrio (audio) \
plural barrios

Definition of barrio

1 : a ward, quarter, or district of a city or town in a Spanish-speaking country
2 : 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 The route captures plenty of barrio eclecticism through Palermo, Colegiales, and Coghlan before ending at leafy Parque Saavedra. Sorrel Moseley-williams, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 Those in search of an authentic taste of Barcelona life will enjoy exploring this barrio, but be mindful of your surroundings, as parts of Raval can be a bit shifty (avoid unlit alleys or walking alone at night). Ellie Nan Storck, Travel + Leisure, 30 June 2021 The reader is treated to a deep dive into barrio culture as it was lived in the Valley in the 1950s and 1960s. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 The changing face of the barrio, in which old shops are getting bought out, rents are rising; a woman like Abuella Claudia can’t even afford the local dry cleaner anymore. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 Villa Crespo, the barrio just southwest of Palermo, is the up and coming prince. Megan Wood, Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2021 Ines Candida, 56, lives in the middle-class neighborhood El Paraiso, just across a highway from the Cota 905 barrio. Reuters, CNN, 9 July 2021 After the first song and brightly coloured dance number brought Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) and the barrio out into the street, I was fully invested and couldn’t look away. Sydney Clarke,, 15 June 2021 Many flock to the Montjuïc barrio to explore the 17th-century Castell de Montjuïc or to catch the Magic Fountain light show from the steps of the stately National Museum of Art. Ellie Nan Storck, Travel + Leisure, 30 June 2021

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First Known Use of barrio

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for barrio

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

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17 Sep 2021

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“Barrio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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