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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.


  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

  2. ghettonoun

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

  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.

  4. ghettoadjective

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

  5. ghettoadjective

    Of low quality; cheap; shabby.

  6. Etymology: From (dialect), ghèto.


  1. Ghetto

    Ghetto is the second single from American singer-songwriter Akons debut studio album, Trouble. The single was released on December 21, 2004, exclusively in Latin America and certain countries of Europe. The single peaked at #92 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100. Akon describes the meaning of the song, reflected in the song's lyrics, as "a description of the cycle of poverty experienced by those living in poor, inner-city areas" (see ghetto). Additionally, it describes the physical and psychological oppression with which these residents must deal on a regular basis. The music video for the track was filmed in New Jersey, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona.



    A ghetto typically refers to a marginalized and impoverished urban area, often characterized by high crime rates, dilapidated housing, limited resources, and social and economic disadvantages. Ghettos can be the result of systemic discrimination, segregation, or socioeconomic factors that lead to the concentration of disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The term "ghetto" can also have historical connotations associated with the forced confinement and isolation of specific ethnic or religious groups.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ghettonoun

    the Jews'quarter in an Italian town or city

  2. 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. 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.

  2. The Rev. Jesse Jackson:

    While a lot of focus is on policing, development is the answer, there are more jobs to be had in the ghetto than there are people.

  3. Joseph Pometto:

    speak ghetto. It's unfortunate that this environment was created in a 911 call center, because it made it difficult for these women to take 911 calls and that in itself is a public safety risk in my opinion.

  4. Nasser Rebouh:

    They put us in the ghetto and leave us there, without checking if we're alright and whether we've got something to eat, no, they just leave us here and that's it.

  5. Philippe Pujol:

    It's much more difficult to find a job when you're North African and you live in the ghetto, when you say your name and your address, you're already off to a bad start.

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