noun, plural ghet·tos, ghet·toes.
Words nearby ghetto
Origin of ghetto
historical usage of ghetto
In English, ghetto in its original meaning dates from the early 17th century. By the late 19th century, ghetto had extended its meaning to “a section of a city, especially a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group.” Israel Zangwill’s novel Children of the Ghetto (published in 1892) is about the life and experiences of East European Jewish children in the East End of London.
Examples from the Web for ghetto
What about the ghetto residents who exhibit “mainstream” values on working, education, and child-rearing?How Much Does 'Culture' Matter for 'Inner-City' Poverty?|Jamelle Bouie|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His father was executed in 1942 by a German gendarme after attempting to smuggle a packet of saccharine into the Ghetto.
The Ostbahn workers became a channel to resistance units within the ghetto.
He apologized, but his outburst touched off a blizzard of tweets proclaiming him a “thug” and “ghetto boy.”
Around 12:00 a.m., we are in Osteria Da Marino in the former Jewish ghetto district.Exploring the Darker Side of James Joyce’s Trieste|Jeff Campagna|January 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We visited a very old house in the Ghetto, where at the time services were held by a company of Jewish converts.Recollections of a Long Life|John Stoughton
It is well to be careful, before visiting any of the Ghetto cafés, to acquaint yourself with rules and ceremonies.Nights in London|Thomas Burke
John Albrecht is also credited with the establishment of the first ghetto in Poland.
There were no horses in the Ghetto—just pushcarts and wheelbarrows.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
The Ghetto, accustomed by this time to insidious attacks on its spiritual citadel, feared writers even bringing Hebrew.Dreamers of the Ghetto|I. Zangwill