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 The colony had the appearance of a feline shantytown. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Gang members with automatic weapons openly patrol the shantytown’s streets and those of the surrounding communities, and guard entry points from rooftop watchtowers. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Shifting between the austerity of the convent and the squalor of the shantytown, Mr. Fan creates a textured, unsettled portrait of a territory facing a decisive ending. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Skid Row, located in downtown Los Angeles, was born in 1910 when the city built a shantytown to house migrants. Tori Richards, Washington Examiner, 22 Apr. 2021 With the shantytown long gone, the homeless piled onto the streets of a Skid Row that was forcibly contained to 50 square blocks. Tori Richards, Washington Examiner, 22 Apr. 2021 By ’88, the park had become a shantytown, which was not popular with local residents. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2020 Perhaps the shantytown’s most memorable structure was the Hunger Wall, which served as a backdrop for the encampment’s city hall. Brandon Tensley, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2020 Finally, after two months of looking out from the White House at the veterans’ Pennsylvania Avenue shantytown, President Herbert Hoover had had enough. oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shantytown

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Shantytown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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