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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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 All Hands on Deck Feeding Puerto Rico with chef José Andrés in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria Edric and Luchy Vivoni at home in Yahuecas, a barrio in Adjuntas. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "José Andrés’ New Memoir: How the Chef Fed Puerto Rico," 30 Aug. 2018 At Museo Nacional de Arte, Laboratorio para la Ciudad—Mexico City’s urban innovation lab—presented one of its recent initiatives: a furniture design and fabrication project in Tepito, a barrio known for its open-air markets and informal economy. Diana Budds, Curbed, "4 lessons Mexican designers can teach the world," 19 Oct. 2018 At the eponymous restaurant of his friend Jose Enrique in the city’s Santurce barrio, Andrés joins a group of Puerto Rican chefs already cooking and handing out sancocho, a beloved local soup. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "José Andrés’ New Memoir: How the Chef Fed Puerto Rico," 30 Aug. 2018 Iceland, a country with the population of a Buenos Aires barrio, found 11 players who could lock down the middle of the pitch and stymie Argentina. Brian Straus,, "Argentina Has Plenty of Blame to Go Around as Its World Cup Spirals Out of Control," 21 June 2018 His interpretations of the barrios in Caracas include staircases and structures that defy gravity, a world where García Lorca meets Escher. New York Times, "Those Who Stay," 2 June 2018 In Puerto Rico, the researchers visited 104 barrios across the island, selecting them to ensure that both urban and nonurban areas were represented. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria Death Toll Could Exceed 4,000, New Study Estimates," 29 May 2018 Its production line seemed to be endless, despite a comparative lack of investment, players emerging from the barrios of Buenos Aires to take on the world. Rory Smith, New York Times, "How Argentina Lost Its Way. (Spoiler: It’s Not Messi’s Fault.)," 22 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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