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barracoon

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noun bar·ra·coon \ˌber-ə-ˈkün, ˌba-rə-\

Definition of barracoon

  1. :  an enclosure or barracks formerly used for temporary confinement of slaves or convicts —often used in plural



Origin of barracoon

Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca hut, from Catalan


First Known Use: 1848


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