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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Oceanside High is a school hard by a barrio that’s known as gang territory.
So in the wake of S.B.1070, Puente adopted a new organizing strategy, setting up neighborhood defense committees, or comités del barrio, throughout Maricopa County.
If the plan is successful, it will be rolled out to other barrios in the city.
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Origin and Etymology of barrio
Spanish, from Arabic barrī of the open country, from barr outside, open country
First Known Use: 1833
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