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 the 2- or 3-foot gap between the metal and the wall sat a long makeshift shantytown with a web of tarps, chairs and cardboard. Heather Knight,, "‘It’s devastating’: The Tenderloin sinks deeper into misery, and no one is coming to the rescue," 6 June 2020 Paxton Winters' Pacified, an intimate snapshot of one high-risk shantytown community seen through the wide-open eyes of a 13-year-old girl, reverses that push by humanizing its subjects — from the drug lords to the innocents caught in their web. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pacified' ('Pacificado'): Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 25 Apr. 2020 Off-balance-sheet entities are selling bonds to finance projects such as investing in warehouses, expanding underground metro networks, building data centers or renovating shantytowns. Xie Yu, WSJ, "China’s Local Governments Binge on Off-the-Books Debt," 11 May 2020 Joy Okumu, 48, sells tomatoes in the sprawling Nairobi shantytown of Kibera to feed her five children. Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus could overwhelm developing world," 2 Apr. 2020 For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub SCORES OF street vendors set up an open-air food market this week in Huáscar, a shantytown in north-eastern Lima, defying Peru’s strict lockdown against covid-19. The Economist, "Bello Choosing between livelihoods and lives in Latin America," 2 May 2020 The resulting shantytowns grew to each contain hundreds of settlers, many of whom also began to hunt for bushmeat. Jerome Lewis, Scientific American, "How Sustainable Development Ravaged the Congo Basin," 26 Apr. 2020 There was the 4 trillion yuan ($561 billion) package after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., followed by interest-rate cuts in 2014 and 2015, and 3.5 trillion yuan of shantytown redevelopment projects from 2015 to 2018, to name a few. Washington Post, "Hong Kong Stonewalls China’s Trillion-Dollar Easing," 10 Sep. 2019 To get a picture of the crisis, our reporters around the world spoke to a migrant worker in Delhi; a construction worker displaced from his home in Syria; and an aid worker in a Nairobi shantytown. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Coronavirus, World Hunger, Oil Prices: Your Thursday Briefing," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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“Shantytown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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