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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fuh-vel-uh; Portuguese fah-ve-lah]
    • /fəˈvɛl ə; Portuguese fɑˈvɛ lɑ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fuh-vel-uh; Portuguese fah-ve-lah]
    • /fəˈvɛl ə; Portuguese fɑˈvɛ lɑ/

Definitions of favela word

  • noun favela a shantytown in or near a city, especially in Brazil; slum area. 1
  • noun favela A Brazilian shack or shanty town; a slum. 1
  • noun favela (in Brazil) a shanty or shantytown 0
  • noun favela in Brazil, a slum at the edge of a city 0

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Origin of favela

First appearance:

before 1945
One of the 6% newest English words
1945-50; < Brazilian Portuguese: alleged to be a name given to a hill in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, where such towns were built circa 1900; literally, a shrub of the family Euphorbiaceae, derivative of Portuguese fava bean < Latin faba

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Parts of speech for Favela


favela popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for favela

noun favela

  • ghetto — a section of a city, especially a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships.
  • bowery — a farm or plantation of an early Dutch settler of New York
  • red-light district — an area or district in a city in which many houses of prostitution are located.
  • skid road — an area of cheap barrooms and run-down hotels, frequented by alcoholics and vagrants.
  • tenderloin — (in beef or pork) the tender meat of the muscle running through the sirloin and terminating before the ribs.

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