Definitions for Ghettoˈgɛt oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ghet•toˈgɛt oʊ(n.)(pl.)-tos, -toes.

  1. a section of a city, esp. a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of a minority group.

    Category: Western History

  2. (formerly, in most European countries) a section of a city in which all Jews were required to live.

    Category: Western History

  3. an environment to which a group has been relegated, as because of bias, or in which a group has segregated itself for various reasons:

    female job ghettos; a suburban ghetto for millionaires.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of ghetto:

1605–15; < It, orig. the name of an island near Venice where Jews were forced to reside in the 16th cent. < Venetian, lit., foundry (giving the island its name), n. der. of ghettare to cast; see jet1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ghetto(noun)

    formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live

    "the Warsaw ghetto"

  2. ghetto(noun)

    any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping

    "the relative security of the gay ghetto"; "no escape from the ghetto of the typing pool"

  3. ghetto(noun)

    a poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions


  1. ghetto(Noun)

    The district in a city where Jews were compelled to confine themselves.

    The Jews of Venice were confined to the ghu00E8to, in what is now the Arsenale district

  2. ghetto(Noun)

    A district where members of an ethnic, religious or cultural minority are congregated, usually voluntarily.

  3. ghetto(Noun)

    An economically depressed urban district predominantly inhabited by members of one ethnic or religious group.

    Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville are often cited as African-American ghettos in New York City.

  4. ghetto(Adjective)

    Of or relating to a ghetto or to ghettos in general.

  5. ghetto(Adjective)

    Of low quality; cheap; shabby.

  6. Origin: From ( dialect), ghèto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ghetto(noun)

    the Jews'quarter in an Italian town or city


  1. Ghetto

    A ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure. The term was originally used in Venice to describe the part of a city to which Jews were restricted and segregated.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ghetto

    an Italian word applied to the quarters set apart in Italian cities for the Jews, and to which in former times they were restricted; the term is now applied to the Jews' quarters in any city.

Translations for Ghetto

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a (poor) part of a city etc in which a certain group of people (especially immigrants) lives

Large cities like New York have many ghettoes.

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