Pronunciation: (bär'ē-ō", bar'-; Sp. bär'ryô), [key]
—pl. bar•ri•osPronunciation: (bär'ē-ōz", bar'-; Sp. bär'ryôs). [key]
1. (in Spain and countries colonized by Spain) one of the divisions into which a town or city, together with the contiguous rural territory, is divided.
2. a part of a large U.S. city, esp. a crowded inner-city area, inhabited chiefly by a Spanish-speaking population.
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