- (in Spain and countries colonized by Spain) one of the divisions into which a town or city, together with the contiguous rural territory, is divided.
- a part of a large U.S. city, especially a crowded inner-city area, inhabited chiefly by a Spanish-speaking population.
Origin of barrio
Examples from the Web for barrio
The majority of the violence in Honduras is carried out by two main gangs, Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and Barrio 18.The Awful Facts Behind the White House's Plan to Help Honduras
July 27, 2014
Alberto often pushed a shopping cart through his barrio, collecting cans for spare cash to support himself and his mayate.The Undocumented Cross-Dresser
Terry Greene Sterling
July 3, 2010
There was great feasting and celebration in the barrio that night.The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy
Florence Partello Stuart
Yet the inhabitants of this barrio are quite contented and fairly comfortable.Wanderings in the Orient
Albert M. Reese
He received $100 per month, and had charge of the police in his barrio, or precinct.Industrial Cuba
Robert P. Porter
They had reached the barrio where the meeting was to be held.The Golden Skull
Their community lay between the Parian and the barrio of Laguio.A History of the Philippines
David P. Barrows
- a Spanish-speaking quarter in a town or city, esp in the US
- a Spanish-speaking community
Word Origin and History for barrio
1841, "ward of a Spanish or Spanish-speaking city," sometimes also used of rural settlements, from Spanish barrio "district, suburb," from Arabic barriya "open country" (fem.), from barr "outside" (of the city). Main modern sense of "Spanish-speaking district in a U.S. city" is 1939; original reference is to Spanish Harlem in New York City.