I. noun (plural ghettos; also ghettoes) Etymology: Italian, from Venetian dialect ghèto island where Jews were forced to live, literally, foundry (located on the island), from ghetàr to cast, from Latin jactare to throw — more at jet Date: 1611 1. a quarter of a city in which Jews were formerly required to live 2. a quarter of a city in which members of a minority group live especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure 3. a. an isolated group <
a geriatric ghetto
b. a situation that resembles a ghetto especially in conferring inferior status or limiting opportunity <
the pink-collar ghetto
II. transitive verb Date: 1936 ghettoize

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