in Brazil, a slum at the edge of a city
Origin of favelaPortuguese
A shantytown or slum, especially in Brazil.
Origin of favelaPortuguese, possibly from diminutive of favo, honeycomb (from Latin favus) or from favelas (probably from pl. of favela, spurge, from fava, bean, from Latin faba; see bha-bha- in Indo-European roots).