Definition of favela noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fæˈvelə//
; NAmE NAmE//fæˈvelə//
(from Portuguese) Poverty and famine
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a poor area in or near a Brazilian city, with many small houses that are close together and in bad condition compare shanty town See related entries: Poverty and famine Word OriginPortuguese.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: favela