[ fuh-vel-uh; Portuguese fah-ve-lah ]
/ fəˈvɛl ə; Portuguese fɑˈvɛ lɑ /
a shantytown in or near a city, especially in Brazil; slum area.
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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
Words nearby favela
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Example sentences from the Web for favela
I interviewed Lilian, a single mother living in a Rio de Janeiro favela.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton|Heather Arnet|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The high school kids who broke it were Brazilian Linux hackers who lived in a favela -- a kind of squatter's slum.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for favela
/ (fɑːˈveɪlə) /
(in Brazil) a shanty or shantytown
Word Origin for favela
C20: from Portuguese
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