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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Ghetto \Ghet"to\, n. [It.]
     A quarter of a city where Jews live in greatest numbers.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
           I went to the Ghetto, where the Jews dwell. --Evelyn.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     2. By extension: Any section of a town inhabited
        predominantly by members of a specific ethnic, national or
        racial group, such segregation usually arising from social
        or economic pressure. The term is commonly applied to
        areas in cities having a high concentration of low-income
     3. [fig.] Any isolated group of people.
     4. [fig.] Any group isolated by external pressures, with an
        implication of inferiority.

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n 1: formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in
            which Jews were required to live; "the Warsaw ghetto"
       2: any segregated mode of living or working that results from
          bias or stereotyping; "the relative security of the gay
          ghetto"; "no escape from the ghetto of the typing pool"
       3: a poor densely populated city district occupied by a
          minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship
          and social restrictions
       [also: {ghettoes} (pl)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  34 Moby Thesaurus words for "ghetto":
     Bowery, Chinatown, East End, East Side, Little Hungary,
     Little Italy, West End, West Side, barrio, black ghetto,
     blighted area, business district, central city, city center, core,
     downtown, greenbelt, inner city, midtown, outskirts,
     red-light district, residential district, run-down neighborhood,
     shopping center, skid road, skid row, slum, slums, suburbia,
     suburbs, tenderloin, tenement district, uptown, urban blight

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