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Line breaks: fa¦vela
Pronunciation: /faˈvɛlə

Definition of favela in English:


A Brazilian shack or shanty town; a slum: rapidly growing populations in the favelas of the great urban centres
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  • However, Brazilian jiu-jitsu evolved into its own distinct style, incorporating techniques honed in the rough favelas of the big cities.
  • The endless favelas in the major cities are a daily reminder to Brazilians of the tremendous social ills that plague their country.
  • However, she argues that it is reflective of the particular forms of male visions of sexuality and desire that are present in places like the Brazilian favelas.



  • shanty from (early 19th century):

    The sea shanty, the song to which sailors hauled ropes, probably comes from French chantez!, an order to ‘sing!’ It is recorded from the mid 19th century. A slightly earlier shanty appeared in North America for a small, crudely built shack and may come from Canadian French chantier ‘lumberjack's cabin, logging camp’, a specialized used of the word which usually means ‘building site’ in France. This shanty gave the world the shanty town, such as the favela in Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities. This word, from the Portuguese equivalent of shanty is first recorded in 1961.

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