Definition of barrio in English:



  • 1A district of a town in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.

    • ‘It is wealth from these sales that has enabled Mr Chavez to invest heavily in social programmes and in establishing schools and clinics in the poorer barrios.’
    • ‘From the guarded and secretive streets of the whitewashed barrios, with their flower-strewn interiors, to the shady bodegas where ice cold sherry is served from ancient wooden casks, everything about Seville says romance.’
    • ‘This project continued for seven years in two barrios in the District of Aguablanca in Cali.’
    • ‘We go to a new barrio still being built on the rural fringes of La Matanza.’
    • ‘In 1995 police stopped Antonio Ruiz in his barrio in the eastern coastal Spanish city of Valencia.’
    • ‘The companies over-complied and by 2001 there were 1,300 phone booths in Caracas alone, with an average of 8 phones each, located in the most populated barrios.’
    • ‘I have spent the past three weeks filming in the hillside barrios of Caracas, in streets and breeze-block houses that defy gravity and torrential rain and emerge at night like fireflies in the fog.’
    • ‘Some of these fights, like that in the Tijuana barrio of Maclovio Rojas, go back ten years, and have also been marked by the imprisonment of community leaders.’
    • ‘A small alien was sighted near a Roman Catholic high school in the barrio Caspana of Calama, a small city in Chile north of Antofagasta.’
    • ‘The poor barrios of Santo Domingo, however, continue to grow - in part due to migration from impoverished rural areas.’
    • ‘They had even reserved a storeroom in the maquiladora workers' barrio of Maclovio Rojas to house the confiscated machines.’
    • ‘Southwest of Guatemala City, a road leads to the barrio of La Esperanza.’
    • ‘Utrera, 20 miles east of Seville, is an industrial place and the Reyeses lived in Arenal, one of the town's poorer barrios, in a bare house with a leaky roof.’
    • ‘But everyone in Pablo's barrio seems to have benefited from those who have contact with foreigners.’
    • ‘‘It's the first time that the government has ever done anything with our oil wealth to benefit the poor,’ says Carrillo, sitting in an improvised classroom in a poor barrio in Caracas.’
    • ‘As an entre to this most theatrical of dances, head for the Sunday morning antiques market in the bohemian barrio of San Telmo, where dancers perform in front of Cafe Dorrego on Plaza Dorrego.’
    • ‘You can still buy fresh pan dulce (sweet bread) every morning in the barrios and see family and friends as they gather on the front porch to talk in the evenings.’
    • ‘It's in this quiet barrio, or neighborhood, beside a river and between two ridges, that Mark and Peg Schar have settled into farm life with a cafetal (coffee plantation) and sugar cane fields.’
    • ‘I was delighted to find that Senyor Adria has a rival in a restaurant just 100 yards from my humble residence in the Poblenou barrio of Borecelona.’
    • ‘TV piquetera has been developing since 2001 in working class barrios on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina.’
    outlying districts, edges, fringes, suburbs, suburbia
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    1. 1.1 (in the US) the Spanish-speaking quarter of a town or city, especially one with a high poverty level.
      • ‘Among New York City puertorriquenos, the Latino-populated area was referred to as el barrio, or ‘the neighborhood.’’
      • ‘In this collection of short stories, Rodriguez brings us into the lives of a wide range of characters from Los Angeles' Latino barrio.’
      • ‘According to David, Taggett stole a high-profile project from him in one of Tucson's historic barrios.’


Spanish, perhaps from Arabic.