Definition of squalor
: the quality or state of being squalid
Examples of squalor in a sentence
The family was living in squalor.
I was shocked by the squalor of their surroundings.
Origin and Etymology of squalor
Latin, from squalēre
First Known Use: 1621
SQUALOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of squalor for English Language Learners
: very bad and dirty conditions
SQUALOR Defined for Kids
Definition of squalor for Students
: the quality or state of being squalid The children had to live in squalor.
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