barrio

noun
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 In Tattoos on the Heart, Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, recounts his work with former gang members in the poorest barrio of Los Angeles. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Scholars Recommend Books, Films and Podcasts About Race," 11 June 2020 DePalma tells his tale through five ordinary Cubans in the off-the-tourist-track, potholed barrio of Guanabacoa. Ann Louise Bardach, Washington Post, "A glimpse of Cuba, beyond tourist sites and revolutionary heroes," 26 June 2020 Confined mostly to concrete channels, the river serves as the main drainage line for the vast monochrome barrios that surround the capital. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Confined mostly to concrete channels, the river serves as the main drainage line for the vast monochrome barrios that surround the capital. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Confined mostly to concrete channels, the river serves as the main drainage line for the vast monochrome barrios that surround the capital. Seth Harp, Harper's magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 2 Mar. 2020 Jersey walls block motorists from crossing the span, which runs over a highway and connects the Cambalache barrio to the center of town. Washington Post, "Puerto Ricans still waiting on disaster funds as Hurricane Maria’s aftermath, earthquakes continue to affect life on the island," 19 Jan. 2020 Benitez opened her home to the children of her barrio, Almirante Sur, after the hurricane ravaged the community about 30 miles west of San Juan. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico has turned on its governor as deep unrest reaches the surface," 21 July 2019 They were donated by charities from overseas, but by the time the load reached the barrio, the rich had taken their pick from the lot. Vanessa Martir, Longreads, "‘To Be Well’: An Unmothered Woman’s Search for Real Love," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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23 Aug 2020

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“Barrio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrio. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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