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barrio

[ bahr-ee-oh, bar-; Spanish bahr-ryaw ]
/ ˈbɑr iˌoʊ, ˈbær-; Spanish ˈbɑr ryɔ /
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noun, plural bar·ri·os [bahr-ee-ohz, bar-; Spanish bahr-ryaws]. /ˈbɑr iˌoʊz, ˈbær-; Spanish ˈbɑr ryɔs/.

(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.

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Origin of barrio

First recorded in1890–95; from Spanish: literally, “district, neighborhood,” from Arabic barrī “of open country” (equivalent to barr “outside, open country” + -i adjective suffix) + -o Spanish noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for barrio

barrio
/ (ˈbærɪəʊ, Spanish ˈbarrjo) /

noun plural -rios

a Spanish-speaking quarter in a town or city, esp in the US
a Spanish-speaking community

Word Origin for barrio

from Spanish, from Arabic barrī of open country, from barr open country
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