favela

[ fuh-vel-uh; Portuguese fah-ve-lah ]
/ fəˈvɛl ə; Portuguese fɑˈvɛ lɑ /

noun

a shantytown in or near a city, especially in Brazil; slum area.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. faux pas,
  2. faux-naïf,
  3. fauxbourdon,
  4. fava bean,
  5. fave,
  6. favelado,
  7. favella,
  8. favellidium,
  9. faveolate,
  10. faveolus

Origin of favela

1945–50; < Brazilian Portuguese: alleged to be a name given to a hill in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, where such towns were built circa 1900; literally, a shrub of the family Euphorbiaceae, derivative of Portuguese fava bean < Latin faba

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British Dictionary definitions for favela

favela

/ (fɑːˈveɪlə) /

noun

(in Brazil) a shanty or shantytown

Word Origin for favela

C20: from Portuguese

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