In the modern era, the character is associated with the 17th century pogroms in the Jewish ghettos of Prague.
Diaspora Jews—stuck in ghettos with retrograde Halachic norms—lacked these Hebrew things.
Yet at this same time, Jews were being expelled in vast numbers from Spain and were confined to ghettos in Italy.
Among the masses, especially in the Northern ghettos, the situation remains about the same, and for some it is worse.
Their spirits were liberated and in thought they no longer lived in ghettos.
This was the first ray that penetrated the ghettos from without.
Nearly a million of these people are crowded into the New York ghettos.
Down almost to our own time the ghettos have existed in Europe, and popular tumults against them continue to occur.
Missions and chapels in the slums and synagogues in the ghettos have carried religion to the lowest classes.
Thereat arose a new and stranger commotion throughout all the ghettos, Jewries, and Mellahs.
1610s, "part of a city to which Jews were restricted," especially in Italy, from Italian ghetto "part of a city to which Jews are restricted," various theories of its origin include: Yiddish get "deed of separation;" special use of Venetian getto "foundry" (there was one near the site of that city's ghetto in 1516); a clipped word from Egitto "Egypt," from Latin Aegyptus (presumably in memory of the exile); or Italian borghetto "small section of a town" (diminutive of borgo, of Germanic origin, see borough). Extended by 1899 to crowded urban quarters of other minority groups (especially blacks in U.S. cities). As an adjective by 1903 (modern slang usage from 1999). Ghetto-blaster "large, portable stereo" is from 1982.