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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 people of a particular race or religion are forced by law to live.
In 1940, Jewish people living in the capital city of Poland were forced by the Nazis to live in a ghetto.
definition 2: such an area where people live, not by law, but because they are poor or are discriminated against.
During the 1930s, the poor southern family came to live with relatives in the Harlem ghetto of New York City.
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