barrio (plural barrios)
- (Venezuela, Dominican Republic) A slum on the periphery of a major city; a low to middle-class neighborhood in a lesser city.
- (Spanish America) A municipality or subdivision of a municipality.
- (Philippines) A rural barangay or neighbourhood.
- 2008, Resil B. Mojares, “Beast in the Fields”, in Gémino H. Abad, editor, Upon Our Own Ground: Filipino short stories in English: 1956 to 1972, page 413:
- In the barrio, they talked excitedly about the wood-gatherer's discovery. There was so much pushing and quibbling over details that by the time the barrio had organized itself to set out for Salug to investigate, dusk had already fallen.
- (informal, US) An area or neighborhood in a US city inhabited predominantly by Spanish-speakers or people of Hispanic origin.
- 1993, Diego Vigil, “The Established Gang”, in Scott Cummings, Daniel J. Monti, editors, Gangs: The Origins and Impact of Contemporary Youth Gangs in the United States, page 98:
- After World War II, its prospering working-class white residents moved to other, more upscale suburban developments, and by the 1950s the area had become an isolated ethnic enclave with its own barrio gang.
- Lockhart, James. (2001) Nahuatl as Written, Stanford University Press, p. 211.
From barrus (“elephant”).
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈbar.ri.oː/, [ˈbärːioː]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈbar.ri.o/, [ˈbärːio]
- Spanish: barritar
- “barrio”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- barrio in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
Borrowed from Andalusian Arabic بَرِّيّ (barriyy, “exterior”), referring to the outer, surrounding or less civilized or urbanized parts of a city, from classical Arabic بَرِّيّ (barriyy, “wild”). Compare Portuguese bairro, Catalan barri.
barrio m (plural barrios)
- Synonym: vecindario
- un barrio de clase media ― a middle-class neighborhood
- (Mexico) any neighbourhood of the original or ancient part of a city (usually excluding new growth after the 1930s, 40s or 50s, depending on the state or city)
- (Venezuela, Dominican Republic) slum
- In Mexico it has postal value and is obligatory (or else the colonia or fraccionamiento is), alongside the postal code.