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Topic: RACE RELATIONS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Italian
Origin: , perhaps from getto 'place where metals are melted and made into things'; because a 16th-century ghetto in Venice was where such a place had once existed

ghetto

noun
     
ghet‧to plural ghettos or ghettoes [countable]
1SSR a part of a city where people of a particular race or class, especially people who are poor, live separately from the rest of the people in the city. This word is sometimes considered offensive [↪ slum]:
unemployment in the ghetto
2SSRH a part of a city where Jews were forced to live in the past:
the Warsaw ghetto
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