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



BrE BrE//ˈskwɒlə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːlər//
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dirty and unpleasant conditions the poverty and squalor of the slums He had lost his job and was living in squalor. He was born in squalor next to the docks. a beautiful garden amid the squalor of the slums Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin, from squalere ‘be dirty’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: squalor