American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A usually poor section of a city inhabited primarily by people of the same race, religion, or social background, often because of discrimination.
- n. An often walled quarter in a European city to which Jews were restricted beginning in the Middle Ages.
- n. Something that resembles the restriction or isolation of a city ghetto: "trapped in ethnic or pink-collar managerial job ghettoes” ( Diane Weathers).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quarter in certain Italian towns in which Jews were formerly compelled to live exclusively.
- n. An (often walled) area of a city in which Jews are concentrated by force and law. (Used particularly of areas in medieval Italy and in Nazi-controlled Europe.)
- n. An (often impoverished) area of a city inhabited predominantly by members of a specific nationality, ethnicity, or race.
- n. An area in which people who are distinguished by sharing something other than ethnicity concentrate or are concentrated.
- adj. Of or relating to a ghetto or to ghettos in general.
- adj. slang, informal Of low quality; cheap; shabby, crude.
- adj. US, informal Characteristic of the style, speech, or behavior of residents of a predominantly black or other ghetto in the United States.
- adj. Having been raised in a ghetto in the United States.
- v. To confine (a specified group of people) to a ghetto.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A quarter of a city where Jews live in greatest numbers.
- n. 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.
- n. Any isolated group of people.
- n. Any group isolated by external pressures, with an implication of inferiority.
- n. formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live
- n. a poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions
- n. any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping
- Borrowing from Italian ghetto, from Venetian, ghèto ("foundry"). Alternatively an apocope of the Italian borghetto, diminutive of borgo ("village"). Initially used of the areas Jews were concentrated, later extended to concentrations of other ethnicities and then non-ethic groups. The adjective and verb derive from the noun. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, after Ghetto, island near Venice where Jews were made to live in the 16th century. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then Napoleon turned north again and marched toward Venice, where the word ghetto was first used, and allowed its Jews out.”
“I use the term ghetto to draw a comparison between the treatment of animated films and the treatment of African Americans in America.”
“A lot of the criticism I've read uses the term ghetto - sometimes more specifically "pink ghetto" - to describe the site.”
“Do you think that the skill set for teaching English to minority kids in the ghetto is the same as it is for teaching the same subject in a rich suburb?”
“That the ghetto is about twelve times larger than the city, and a great deal livelier, so what?”
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