poor/urban person, place, or thing;
originated from German language not the blacks
so if another race than blacks says ghetto
doesn't mean their trying to be black,

in fact, no ones trying to be black they are just under the gangsta influence of their own race (ex.AZN, chicos, whites, pros)
Krakow Ghetto Liquidation where many Jews were killed by Nazi soldiers

President: I have lived in the ghettos of USAmerica and am also knowledgable of their ghetto houses and supplies.
("hmm hmm-hmm hmmmm hmmm hmmm hhmmm hmmm
hmmm hmmmh hmmmh mhmmmh mm mhhhmm")(President's beat)
by Drahcir Srah March 17, 2005
It's a place that people act like is such a bad crime infested place with a hobo on each corner like all these suburban kids like to discribe the ghetto when in fact it's not THAT bad! Not everyone does drugs and kills people! I'm not saying ghetto is the best place to raise a family but no one picks on other kids in the ghetto because everyone can understand why someone's clothes arent always brand fucking new. It is a wonderful place to live as long as you dont fuck with the gangbangers. keep in mind though not every kid with baggy clothes and a durag on is a gangbanger that just means he probly just likes rap...
I live in the innercity(ghetto said in a positive way) of Columbus, Ohio and i don't think its bad at all...
by Loganisdbomb July 11, 2006
(noun)a place where one has grown up and has lived there with the people of his own race or his relatives, a place with whose residents one has shared his life experiences and has had joyful memories.
I miss those days in my ghetto!
by tanan April 20, 2008
A ghetto is a poor area with mostly minorities living there, where some people resort to crime to make money. People drug deal and become prostitues because they aren't taxed on money they make illegally so they can keep all of it. A ghetto is generally seen in a negative way but it isn't always a negative place. A place like Harlem, New York was once well known for it's high crime rate and for being the black capital of america, it produced music, jazz, hiphop, rap, poetry, it produced great soul food, and great people so just because a place is all black and has dangerous parts doesn't mean it's good for nothing.
ghettos, good or bad you decide
by Jersey Kid April 22, 2008
The origin of the word ghetto comes from the dialect spoken in Venezia, aka Venice for english-spoken people, and probably was created during 1400-1500. It was used to define the place where jewish people live and have their bussinesses,
separated from the oligarchy that ruled Venezia in that period , that was mainly connected with commerce on the Mediterranean
Sea.I think people in Venezia could haven't believed that this word would have such a fortune. Of course this word can mean all the other entries are in this this useful slang dictionary.
Nowadays if u go 2 Venezia in Northern Italy u'll find the real first ghetto in history
by Dj Pierfa April 08, 2006
A low-income community. (poor)
Boy 1: Why do you stay in the ghetto.

Because my mom doesn't make that

much money, to stay in the richies.

She get's welfare

boy 2: Oh that's understandable.
by davonj89 May 07, 2009
Textbooks will usually describe the word "ghetto" as a place where a minority group dominates. Unfortunately these cities and towns of living are often run down with a high crime rate. That is part of the reason Martin Luthe King addressed the problems of African Americans being forced from a "smaller ghetto to a larger one." In pop culture terms it often refers to bad living areas (whether minority groups dominate or not) and things that are of low quality.
Oprah: This fast food restraunt has the worst fries. It is so ghetto!
50 Cent: I grew up in the ghetto! Why do you think I am a rapper?
Alex Trebec: Why are my shows ratings getting to be so low? My show is not that ghetto!
Jessica Simpson: My black friends are not welcome on the farm. This run down country town is ghetto!

by FriendlyPersonGuy October 12, 2008

Free Daily Email

Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!

Emails are sent from daily@urbandictionary.com. We'll never spam you.