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noun [C]     /ˈɡet.əʊ/ US  /ˈɡet̬.oʊ/ (plural ghettos or ghettoes)
an area of a city , especially a very poor area , where people of a particular race or religion live closely together and apart from other people : As a child she lived in one of New York's poorest ghettos. to live in ghetto conditions Racial issuesRace and ethnicityAreas in towns and cities in the past, an area of a city where Jews were made to live Areas in towns and cities a part of society or group that is in some way divided from the main part : Brought up in what he describes as "a middle class ghetto", he imagined that all people were as privileged as he was.Racial issuesRace and ethnicity
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