Ghetto Definition

ghettoes, ghettos
In certain European cities, a section to which Jews were formerly restricted.
Webster's New World
Any section of a city in which many members of some minority group live, or to which they are restricted as by economic pressure or social discrimination.
Webster's New World
Something that resembles the restriction or isolation of a city ghetto.
American Heritage
Any place or condition regarded as isolating or restricting a particular group of people.
Webster's New World
In a manner typical or stereotypical of an impoverished urban area, as in being makeshift, garish, or crass.
American Heritage
Of, or regarded as characteristic of, impoverished, esp. black, inner-city life, culture, or attitudes.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Ghetto


ghetti, ghettoes, ghettos

Origin of Ghetto

  • Italian after Ghetto , island near Venice where Jews were made to live in the 16th century

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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