- a section of a city, especially a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships.
- (formerly, in most European countries) a section of a city in which all Jews were required to live.
- a section predominantly inhabited by Jews.
- any mode of living, working, etc., that results from stereotyping or biased treatment: job ghettos for women; ghettos for the elderly.
- pertaining to or characteristic of life in a ghetto or the people who live there: ghetto culture.
- Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive. noting something that is considered to be unrefined, low-class, cheap, or inferior: Her furniture is so ghetto!
Origin of ghetto
Examples from the Web for ghettos
In the modern era, the character is associated with the 17th century pogroms in the Jewish ghettos of Prague.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero
August 16, 2014
Among the masses, especially in the Northern ghettos, the situation remains about the same, and for some it is worse.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 19, 2014
Yet at this same time, Jews were being expelled in vast numbers from Spain and were confined to ghettos in Italy.A Hebrew Bible Wears Christian Finery
January 16, 2013
Diaspora Jews—stuck in ghettos with retrograde Halachic norms—lacked these Hebrew things.Israel Must Recognize Israel
May 16, 2012
Their spirits were liberated and in thought they no longer lived in ghettos.The Jewish State
This was the first ray that penetrated the Ghettos from without.
His boxing, and his experience in the slums and ghettos of the world, had taught him restraint.The Night-Born
Nearly a million of these people are crowded into the New York ghettos.Our Foreigners
Samuel P. Orth
Down almost to our own time the Ghettos have existed in Europe, and popular tumults against them continue to occur.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
- sociol a densely populated slum area of a city inhabited by a socially and economically deprived minority
- an area in a European city in which Jews were formerly required to live
- a group or class of people that is segregated in some way
Word Origin and History for ghettos
1610s, "part of a city to which Jews were restricted," especially in Italy, from Italian ghetto "part of a city to which Jews are restricted," various theories of its origin include: Yiddish get "deed of separation;" special use of Venetian getto "foundry" (there was one near the site of that city's ghetto in 1516); a clipped word from Egitto "Egypt," from Latin Aegyptus (presumably in memory of the exile); or Italian borghetto "small section of a town" (diminutive of borgo, of Germanic origin, see borough). Extended by 1899 to crowded urban quarters of other minority groups (especially blacks in U.S. cities). As an adjective by 1903 (modern slang usage from 1999). Ghetto-blaster "large, portable stereo" is from 1982.