A shantytown or slum, especially in Brazil.
In Brazil, a slum at the edge of a city.
Origin of favela
- Portuguese possibly from diminutive of favo honeycomb (from Latin favus) or from favelas (probably from) (pl. of favela spurge) (from fava bean) (from Latin faba bha-bhā- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Portuguese favela.