favela

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noun fa·ve·la \fə-ˈve-lə\
variants: or less commonly

favella

Definition of favela

  1. :  a settlement of jerry-built shacks lying on the outskirts of a Brazilian city

Origin and Etymology of favela

Brazilian Portuguese favela, perhaps from Favela, hill outside Rio de Janeiro


First Known Use: 1946

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