- 1 an area of a city where many people of the same race or background live, separately from the rest of the population. Ghettos are often crowded, with bad living conditions a poor kid growing up in the ghetto Niagara Falls has become something of a tourist ghetto. He tended to stick to the relative safety of San Francisco's gay ghetto.
- 2the area of a town where Jews were forced to live in the past the Warsaw ghetto
NAmE//ˈɡɛt̮oʊ//(pl. ghettos or ghettoes)