Definition of favela in English:

favela

Syllabification: fa·ve·la
Pronunciation: /fəˈvelə
 
/

noun

A Brazilian shack or shanty town; a slum.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Portuguese.

Derivatives

favelado

Pronunciation: /ˌfävəˈlädō/
noun
More example sentences
  • Of that number, 6.5 million were favelados and over 2.5 million were abandoned street children.

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