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GHETTO (ghettoes)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ghetto mean? 

GHETTO (noun)
  The noun GHETTO has 3 senses:

1. formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live
2. any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping
3. a poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions

  Familiarity information: GHETTO used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GHETTO (noun)


Sense 1ghetto [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context example:

the Warsaw ghetto

Hypernyms ("ghetto" is a kind of...):

quarter (a district of a city having some distinguishing character)


Sense 2ghetto [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

the relative security of the gay ghetto / no escape from the ghetto of the typing pool

Hypernyms ("ghetto" is a kind of...):

life (a characteristic state or mode of living)


Sense 3ghetto [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("ghetto" is a kind of...):

city district (a district of a town or city)


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