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ghet·to  (gt)
n. pl. ghet·tos or ghet·toes
1. A usually poor section of a city inhabited primarily by people of the same race, religion, or social background, often because of discrimination.
2. An often walled quarter in a European city to which Jews were restricted beginning in the Middle Ages.
3. Something that resembles the restriction or isolation of a city ghetto: trapped in ethnic or pink-collar managerial job ghettoes (Diane Weathers).

[Italian, after Ghetto, island near Venice where Jews were made to live in the 16th century.]


ghetto  /gto/  n. -tos an area in a city where many people of a particular nationality, race, or religion live, usu. a poor area: There are many types of ghettos in New York City. ghetto

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