barrio

[bahr-ee-oh, bar-; Spanish bahr-ryaw]
noun, plural barrios [bahr-ee-ohz, bar-; Spanish bahr-ryaws] .
1.
(in Spain and countries colonized by Spain) one of the divisions into which a town or city, together with the contiguous rural territory, is divided.
2.
a part of a large U.S. city, especially a crowded inner-city area, inhabited chiefly by a Spanish-speaking population.

Origin:
1890–95; < Spanish < Arabic barrī of open country (barr outside, open country + adj. suffix)

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barrio (ˈbærɪəʊ, Spanish ˈbarrjo)
 
n , pl -rios
1.  a Spanish-speaking quarter in a town or city, esp in the US
2.  a Spanish-speaking community
 
[from Spanish, from Arabic barrī of open country, from barr open country]

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barrio
1841, "ward of a Spanish or Sp.-speaking city," sometimes also used of rural settlements, from Sp. barrio "district, suburb," from Arabic barriya "open country" (fem.), from barr "outside" (of the city). Main modern sense of "Sp.-speaking district in a U.S. city" is 1939; original reference is to Spanish
Harlem in New York City.
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Example sentences
WU in real life is known for serving disadvantaged students, helping them
  escape the ghetto and barrio.
Even if they were all operational, that only amounts to the equivalent of one
  for every barrio in the capital alone.
Mentions a supposed miracle which took place in a bathroom in the barrio.
Their image in the media-if it appeared at all-was generally relegated to
  gardeners, maids and barrio gangsters.
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