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

Examples of shantytown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Barrio Padre Mugica, a shantytown in Buenos Aires, his Freedom Advances coalition drew as much as 17.2 percent support last year. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 The nation’s first public housing project was Techwood Homes near downtown, built to replace a massive shantytown just off the Georgia Tech campus. Alan Judd, ajc, 30 Oct. 2017 Angela was now living in Mariano Matamoros, an eastern Tijuana shantytown with higher aspirations than her old neighborhood. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 By the spring of 1991, the shantytown had indeed been resurrected, and officials ordered the park cleared again, this time vacating it of close to 200 people and closing it down for a $2.3 million renovation during a recession. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2022 The Tiwaris live in suburban Mumbai, in the hillside shantytown of Surya Nagar, and their relatives were perched in one of a row of single-room tenements atop the steep terrain. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, The Atlantic, 7 Feb. 2022 The naturalistic action takes place at an arts center that Ayouch co-founded in Casablanca’s sprawling shantytown Sidi Moumen. Alissa Simon, Variety, 13 Dec. 2021 Prior to becoming a city park, the area was known as Woodchuck Hill and Raccoon Springs, which were known for their reputations as a shantytown and popular hunting spot, respectively. Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 The community, settled by Black families looking to buy property after World War I, grew in the 1930s and became known as a shantytown. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shantytown

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Shantytown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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