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ghetto

ghet·to

ghetto

 
 
pronunciation:
ge to
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part of speech: noun
inflections: ghettoes, ghettos
definition 1: a part of a town or city in which members of a particular race, religion, nationality, ethnic group, or the like are forced by law to live.
The Jews of Warsaw, Poland were compelled to live in a ghetto established by the Germans beginning in 1940.
definition 2: such an area that exists because of economic conditions or social pressures and not by law, esp. one populated by ethnic minorities.
While many whites were moving from the city to the suburbs, most blacks of the time had little choice but to remain in the ghetto.
definition 3: a sphere, activity, occupation, or the like in which people feel isolated or restricted, as if in a ghetto.
Lack of career opportunities for women made many feel they were confined to a "pink-collar ghetto."
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