bar·​rio | \ˈbär-ē-ˌō, ˈber-, ˈba-rē- \
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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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 Pauline Gasca Valenciano, activist queen of Fort Worth Chicano barrios, left a legacy of civic involvement few in North Texas can match. Richard J. Gonzales, star-telegram, "Fort Worth’s Chicana Queen devoted her life to social justice," 12 June 2018 Barrio Logan MishMash, which opened in the barrio in 2016, serves half-pound all-natural beef burgers with a tall mound of crispy fried onion strings, garlic aioli and even goat cheese stuffing. Pam Kragen,, "San Diego's best burgers," 28 May 2018 The Judge was born on the East Side barrio of old Front St. in Hartford., "Arthur L. Spada," 29 Apr. 2018 Where governmental help felt distant, or even nonexistent, neighbors, churches and local nonprofit organizations pooled their food, clothing and other resources to solve problems in their barrios. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, "Sluggish recovery from Hurricane Maria reignites calls for Puerto Rico’s statehood, independence," 28 Apr. 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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