The definition of a ghetto is an area of a city where poor people live, with typically higher rates of crime and where racial and religious groups are discriminated against.(noun)
An example of a ghetto is South Central Los Angeles.
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Origin: It, lit., foundry (< gettare, to pour < VL *jectare, for L jactare, to throw, cast), name of a quarter in Venice occupied by Jews, orig. location of a cannon foundry
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noun pl. ghet·tos or ghet·toes
Origin: , after Ghetto, island near Venice where Jews were made to live in the 16th century.
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