noun, plural ghet·tos, ghet·toes.
- gheorghiu-dej, gheorghe,
- ghetto blaster,
- ghetto fabulous,
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?|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
noun plural -tos or -toes
Word Origin 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.