Ghetto Ghet"to, n. [It.] A quarter of a city where Jews live in greatest numbers. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

I went to the Ghetto, where the Jews dwell. --Evelyn. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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. The term is commonly applied to areas in cities having a high concentration of low-income African-Americans. [PJC]

3. [fig.] Any isolated group of people. [PJC]

4. [fig.] Any group isolated by external pressures, with an implication of inferiority. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ghetto — (ital), in den großen italienischen u. orientalischen Städten das Gassenquartier, worin früher die Juden Abends eingeschlossen wurden …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Ghetto — Ghetto, s. Getto …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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