Ghetto meaning

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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.

An example of a ghetto is South Central Los Angeles.

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A usually poor section of a city inhabited primarily by people of the same race, religion, or social background, often because of discrimination.
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In a manner typical or stereotypical of an impoverished urban area, as in being makeshift, garish, or crass.
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In certain European cities, a section to which Jews were formerly restricted.
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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.
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Any place or condition regarded as isolating or restricting a particular group of people.
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Something that resembles the restriction or isolation of a city ghetto.
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An often walled quarter in a European city to which Jews were restricted beginning in the Middle Ages.
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Of, or regarded as characteristic of, impoverished, esp. black, inner-city life, culture, or attitudes.
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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