shan·​ty·​town | \ ˈshan-tē-ˌtau̇n How to pronounce shantytown (audio) \

Definition of shantytown

: a usually poor town or section of a town consisting mostly of shanties

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Henk Wildschut of the Netherlands brought his camera to the French port of Calais and the shantytown in which 8,000 refugees waited for passage across the Channel in 2016., "Wordless terror and the world’s refugees: Steve Duin," 2 Aug. 2019 Down the street from the Siglo XXI immigration facility, a shantytown of mostly Haitians and Africans awaiting departure papers has sprouted, giving the zone a distinct Afro-Caribbean vibe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.," 13 June 2019 People crowded into slums, shantytowns and favelas from where they were hard put to reach jobs. The Economist, "Shining light on Latin America’s homicide epidemic," 5 Apr. 2018 Empty mosques remain, while the shantytown homes that surrounded them have been replaced by glass towers and retail strips like many found across... Josh Chin, WSJ, "After Mass Detentions, China Razes Muslim Communities to Build a Loyal City," 20 Mar. 2019 She was known for social work in poor and marginalized shantytowns, or favelas, and for her outspokenness against police violence. Fox News, "Rio police recreate murder scene of black councilwoman," 10 May 2018 Environmental Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered all small-scale mining in Benguet and outlying provinces stopped indefinitely following the disaster in Itogon, where people had gone to mine gold and settled in perilous mountainside shantytowns. Aaron Favila And Joeal Calupitan, Fox News, "Philippine landslide shows poor often live in danger's path," 19 Sep. 2018 The exception is Railway, an afterthought of a shantytown on a hillside in Marseilles, reserved for black workers. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ Review: South Africa’s Meta-Western," 13 Sep. 2018 The loans, together worth over 100 million yuan, had gone toward shantytown renovations in Huangping county, according to Chinese media. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Seeks Economic Boost as Trade Spat Grows," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of shantytown

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shantytown was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of shantytown

: a town or a part of a town where the people are poor and live in shanties

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