noun, plural ghet·tos, ghet·toes.
- gheorghiu-dej, gheorghe,
- ghetto blaster,
- ghetto fabulous,
Origin of ghetto
Examples from the Web for ghettos
In the modern era, the character is associated with the 17th century pogroms in the Jewish ghettos of Prague.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero|Rich Goldstein|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Among the masses, especially in the Northern ghettos, the situation remains about the same, and for some it is worse.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.|Alex Haley|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His boxing, and his experience in the slums and ghettos of the world, had taught him restraint.The Night-Born|Jack London
They were to remain shut up in Ghettos, and were to possess only one synagogue; the rest were to be destroyed.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)|Heinrich Graetz
Down almost to our own time the Ghettos have existed in Europe, and popular tumults against them continue to occur.Old-Time Makers of Medicine|James J. Walsh
This was the first ray that penetrated the Ghettos from without.
Thereat arose a new and stranger commotion throughout all the Ghettos, Jewries, and Mellahs.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.