Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A town or a section of a town consisting chiefly of shacks.

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  • n. An area containing a collection of shacks, shanties or makeshift dwellings. syn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a city district inhabited by people living in huts and shanties

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Examples

  • For someone like Jakes, everyone from a beleaguered president in the White House to a malnourished Kenyan boy in a shantytown is tugging at his cuffs.

    The Preacher

  • Carlos Ezquival Acme Street Artist Museu de Favela is trying to turn the shantytown, which is home to more than 20,000 people, into a popular destination.

    BBC News - Home

  • The size of this "shantytown" should be viewed not as a symbol of USAS's difficulties but as proof that college students remain as ideologically diverse as ever and that most students are not easily swayed by the rhetoric of this latest student-activism fad.

    Mail Call

  • As a Yale student, I can assure you that this "shantytown" was nothing more than a three-man tent and a card table.

    Mail Call

  • "shantytown" has formed under a bridge linking Miami to Miami Beach because various laws prohibit sexual offenders from living within 2500 feet of various things, and the bridge is the only piece of property in the county that lies outside the 2500 foot radius.

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • A “shantytown” has formed under a bridge linking Miami to Miami Beach because various laws prohibit sexual offenders from living within 2500 feet of various things, and the bridge is the only piece of property in the county that lies outside the 2500 foot radius.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Where, According to Tort Law, Should Accused Criminals and Ex-Convicts Live?

  • Police raiding a favela, or shantytown, in Rio on Jan. 11 confiscated crack rocks in packaging emblazoned with the face of Ronaldinho, one of Brazil's most prominent stars.

    Brazil's Emerging Market: Crack

  • Laroui lived with her parents and her two small children in a shantytown.

    Rachel Newcomb: One Moroccan Woman's Fiery Protest

  • "If any storm comes, we meet our demise," said Renel Joseph, a 57-year-old resident of Cite Soleil, a seaside shantytown of Haiti's capital.

    Tropical Storm Emily nears disaster-hit Haiti

  • If we had cultural centers in each shantytown, imagine what we could do.

    Beverly Bell: Haitian Renaissance: Youth Paint a New Country

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