- a section of a city, especially a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships.
- (formerly, in most European countries) a section of a city in which all Jews were required to live.
- a section predominantly inhabited by Jews.
- any mode of living, working, etc., that results from stereotyping or biased treatment: job ghettos for women; ghettos for the elderly.
- pertaining to or characteristic of life in a ghetto or the people who live there: ghetto culture.
- Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive. noting something that is considered to be unrefined, low-class, cheap, or inferior: Her furniture is so ghetto!
Origin of ghetto
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?
March 20, 2014
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.”Peyton Manning Vs. Richard Sherman
January 31, 2014
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
January 13, 2014
Entered politics as the son of Pharaoh's daughter and the leader of the Ghetto.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
"There goes a lot of meals for the prisoners in the ghetto," Sim said and laughed.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
The five Ghetto gates were thrown open, but Joseph did not come through any.
For he was born in the Ghetto of Venice, on the seventh story of an ancient house.
Why had his brethren ever sought to emerge from the joyous slavery of the Ghetto?
- sociol a densely populated slum area of a city inhabited by a socially and economically deprived minority
- an area in a European city in which Jews were formerly required to live
- a group or class of people that is segregated in some way
Word Origin and History for ghetto
1610s, "part of a city to which Jews were restricted," especially in Italy, from Italian ghetto "part of a city to which Jews are restricted," various theories of its origin include: Yiddish get "deed of separation;" special use of Venetian getto "foundry" (there was one near the site of that city's ghetto in 1516); a clipped word from Egitto "Egypt," from Latin Aegyptus (presumably in memory of the exile); or Italian borghetto "small section of a town" (diminutive of borgo, of Germanic origin, see borough). Extended by 1899 to crowded urban quarters of other minority groups (especially blacks in U.S. cities). As an adjective by 1903 (modern slang usage from 1999). Ghetto-blaster "large, portable stereo" is from 1982.