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

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And young white men, joined by U.S. servicemen on leave, attacked anyone wearing a zoot suit, a flamboyant outfit popular in the barrios at the time. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "What’s hot in OC arts and entertainment for August," 31 July 2019 Ortiz is widely adored from the Dominican barrios to American boardrooms. Bob Hohler,, "Long before the shooting, Big Papi had brushes with people who ‘want something from me’," 20 July 2019 On July 20, 1969, high school senior Sylvia Salinas left Oaklawn Assembly of God Church in Houston’s eastern barrio early with the rest of her family to gather at her aunt’s house and watch the moon landing on a grainy black-and-white television. Los Angeles Times, "How the women of NASA made their mark on the space program," 16 July 2019 On the other side of the barrio, the breathtaking Church of Santa Bárbara presides over Plaza de las Salesas next to the former Salesas Reales Convent. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 Your barrio, your amigos and amigas, your whole race, nation of origin, culture and rowdy neighbors, are all your gente. Bianca Sanchez,, "‘A stranger in my own community’: Mixed feelings as young Latinos move back to gentrifying Chicago neighborhoods," 2 July 2019 Back in her barrio, she’s deemed as an outsider because of her Anglo diction and ways. Marc Silver, Washington Post, "Another round! The Season 3 renewal of Starz’s ‘Vida’ was well deserved.," 9 June 2019 Some of the best souvenirs, though, are from Cacao Sampaka, home to the barrio’s finest chocolate truffles. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 Based on trends researchers found after surveying more than 100 barrios, or neighborhoods, across the island and talking to 10,000 people, Harvard researchers believe Hurricane Maria claimed the lives of at least 4,600 people. Leyla Santiago, CNN, "Still mending Maria's mess, Puerto Rico braces for a new hurricane season," 1 June 2018

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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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