What does ghetto mean?

Definitions for ghetto
ˈgɛt oʊghet·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ghettonoun

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

    "the Warsaw ghetto"

  2. ghettonoun

    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. ghettonoun

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


  1. Ghettonoun

    By extension: Any section of a town inhabited predominantly by members of a specific ethnic, national or racial group, such segregation usually arising from social or economic pressure. The term is commonly applied to areas in cities having a high concentration of low-income African-Americans.

    Etymology: [It.]


  1. ghettonoun

    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

    Etymology: From ( dialect), ghèto.

  2. ghettonoun

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

    Etymology: From ( dialect), ghèto.

  3. ghettonoun

    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.

    Etymology: From ( dialect), ghèto.

  4. ghettoadjective

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

    Etymology: From ( dialect), ghèto.

  5. ghettoadjective

    Of low quality; cheap; shabby.

    Etymology: From ( dialect), ghèto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ghettonoun

    the Jews'quarter in an Italian town or city

    Etymology: [It.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ghetto

    get′ō, n. the Jews' quarter in Italian cities, to which they used to be strictly confined. [It.]

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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. ghetto

    A ghetto is where Jews were forced to live during the Holocaust. Then, it became the slang title for where many black people were (indirectly) forced to live.

  2. ghetto

    Being ghetto is acting like or possessing the qualities of someone that lived a ghetto fabulous life.

  3. ghetto

    To describe something of low or poor quality."Yo this TV is mad ghetto!"

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghetto in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghetto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of ghetto in a Sentence

  1. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Diplomacy is the mercenary politeness of manipulators, modern culture consists of greedy hypocrisy, cynical myopia who value bad taste, obeying the herd instinct. The two-faced modern culture of politeness is a parody of indifference. Officially polite, but swearing in person, modern culture is a ghetto. 2. Pick the nerves of anger with a knife, there must be somewhere to switch from a lie to a state of truth. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich


    M.O.M.S.= mothers of murdered sons. When I wrote this in my book-(c)-2000- profiles in courage of ghetto mothers- isbn # 1584700416- it was done with that passion within me for my people, and the love I have and seen from those who are poor. I have seen many lives gone astray because of poverty and the ways it forces some of us to live- homeless-in prisons- drug dependent- losing one's sense of purpose- losing one's life. My life's work so far, is spent in helping others not to lose their way. This is why I also created my reggae to heal the nations.

  3. Abu Hurriya:

    I can put myself in their shoes because I was once in them, i don't justify it because I don't think you can justify it, but at the end of the day I understand how they can get to that point. They're young and vulnerable. It's the same way that a kid in the ghetto joins a gang.

  4. Eldridge Cleaver:

    The Twist was a guided missile, launched from the ghetto into the very heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion, and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Whether you will be rich, whether you will find your love, whether you will become happy in life, whether you will find yourself in this world, it all depends on the exchange rate. It doesn't matter where you work, what matters is how much you get paid. 2. Inflation will level out all social inequality, all classes of society will turn into a ghetto. The truth will turn into brutal gangsta rap. 3. A rich man thinks like a sultan. More secret wives, more mistresses, more prostitutes, he is not a prince, he just bought you like a barbie at a sex toy store. 4. Mercantile people in love see only benefit, but not the truth. 5. It's funny to watch the ladies strive to find a prince with a depreciating currency. 6. Inflation increases the level of deceit and crime. 7. Inflation controls birth and death rates. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

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