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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For Alan Matijasevic, 29, and many of his neighbors from Burzaco, a Buenos Aires suburb, El Ciclón is the barrio’s heart. Juan José Relmucao Anita Pouchard Serra, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2022 Martinez, of Mexico City's notorious Tepito barrio, defended his WBC flyweight world championship against former Spain Olympian Samuel Carmona from the Canary Islands. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 3 Dec. 2022 Then, Pedro and Anthony performed for the adoring crowd on a mountain top, with a mix of stars and twinkling barrio lights in the backdrop. Natalie Keyssar, Rolling Stone, 3 Oct. 2022 Ayala grew up in public housing in Villa Kennedy, a barrio in San Juan. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2022 In late September in El Paso, Texas, residents of the Chamizal barrio and mothers Cemelli de Atzlan and Hilda Villegas held a vigil. USA Today, 11 Oct. 2022 But Moreno had a hell of a personal story — a Mexican kid from the Tucson barrio who bought a professional sports franchise, nabbed some of the biggest stars in the game (who just happened to be Latino) and succeeded in the national pastime. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 Valdez, now 67, was among the first to settle in what would become the beach city’s predominately Latino barrio of Oak View. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2022 With dual terraces, barrio lighting, fire pits, and comfortable seating with skyline views, the space is sure to be a watering hole for steak-lovers and wine and cocktail drinkers alike. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 29 June 2022 See More

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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 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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