Definition of Ghetto

1. Noun. Formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live. "The Warsaw ghetto"

Generic synonyms: Quarter
Derivative terms: Ghettoize



2. Noun. Any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping. "No escape from the ghetto of the typing pool"
Generic synonyms: Life

3. Noun. A poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions.
Generic synonyms: City District

Definition of Ghetto

1. n. The Jews'quarter in an Italian town or city.

2. n. A quarter of a city where Jews live in greatest numbers.

Definition of Ghetto

1. Noun. The district in a city where Jews were compelled to confine themselves. ¹

2. Noun. A district where members of an ethnic, religious or cultural minority are congregated, usually voluntarily. ¹

3. Noun. An economically depressed urban district predominantly inhabited by members of one ethnic or religious group. ¹

4. Adjective. Of or relating to a ghetto or to ghettos in general. ¹

5. Adjective. (informal slang) Of low quality; cheap; shabby. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ghetto

1. to isolate in a slum [v -ED, -ING, -S or -ES]

Medical Definition of Ghetto

1. 1. The Jews' quarter in an Italian town or city. "I went to the Ghetto, where the Jews dwell." (Evelyn) 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. 3. (fig) any isolated group of people. 4. (fig) any group isolated by external pressures, with an implication of inferiority. Origin: It. (13 Jul 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ghetto

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Literary usage of Ghetto

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"In 1918, The New Republic published her long poem The ghetto and Miss Ridge, ... Her volume The ghetto and Other Poems (1918) contains one poem that is ..."

2. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"In 1918, The New Republic published her long poem The ghetto and Miss Ridge, ... Her volume The ghetto and Other Poems (1918) contains one poem that is ..."

3. A Guide to the Best Fiction in English by William Winter, George Saintsbury, Ernest Albert Baker (1913)
"In Israel Zangwill's novel called "The Children of the ghetto," an elaborate, discursive portrayal of the domestic life of the Jews in the London ghetto, ..."

4. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association, Richard Rogers Bowker, Charles Ammi Cutter (1908)
"LIBRARY WORK IN THE BROOKLYN ghetto By LEON M. SOUS-COHEN, Librarian Brownsville Branch, Brooklyn Public Library SOME three years ago the Brooklyn Public ..."

5. War Crimes in Bosnia-Hercegovina by Helsinki Watch (Organization : U.S.), Helsinki Watch, Helsinki Watch (Organization : U.S., Ivana Nizich (1993)
"Confinement to ghetto Areas Various villages throughout Serbian-controlled ... Others are confined to ghetto villages and have subsequently disappeared. ..."

6. Jewish Life in the Middle Ages by Israel ( Abrahams (1919)
"1 The word ghetto is most probably derived, as Dr. Berliner maintains (Rom, ii. (2) p. 26), from the Italian geto or iron-foundry, in the neighbourhood of ..."

7. The Wallet of Time: Containing Personal, Biographical, and Critical by William Winter (1913)
""THE CHILDREN OF THE ghetto. ... discursive portrayal of the domestic life of the Jews in the London ghetto, much instruction is provided as to the manners ..."

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