Definition of favela
: a settlement of jerry-built shacks lying on the outskirts of a Brazilian city
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Robson Luiz de Mendonca, 46, knows firsthand how life in a favela can consume loved ones.
Amid a sharp increase in violence in favelas, or slums, millions of Rio residents are facing daily stresses akin to those in a war zone.
In Rio, which hosted the Games last summer, favelas were emptied before the opening ceremony, but organizers promised that venues would have a positive, lasting impact for the community.
Close by, the Triângulo favela community was disrupted to make way for rapid bus lines that were expanded before the Olympics.
Day 3 Your last full day in Rio begins and ends with samba, the dance and musical style that is said to have originated in the city's favelas in the late 1800s.
Many houses in the favelas are makeshift shacks of cardboard and discarded sheet metal.
And instead of singing mournful fado songs in crumbling waterfront buildings, the Portuguese were spinning Brazilectronica numbers in favela esqueleto high-rises daubed in psychedelic murals by ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS?
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Origin and Etymology of favela
Brazilian Portuguese favela, perhaps from Favela, hill outside Rio de Janeiro
First Known Use: 1946See Words from the same year
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