ghetto


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ghetto \Ghet"to\, n. [It.]
   A quarter of a city where Jews live in greatest numbers.
   [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

         I went to the Ghetto, where the Jews dwell. --Evelyn.
   [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

   2. By extension: Any section of a town inhabited
      predominantly by members of a specific ethnic, national or
      racial group, such segregation usually arising from social
      or economic pressure. The term is commonly applied to
      areas in cities having a high concentration of low-income
      African-Americans.
      [PJC]

   3. [fig.] Any isolated group of people.
      [PJC]

   4. [fig.] Any group isolated by external pressures, with an
      implication of inferiority.
      [PJC]
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