bar·​rack | \ ˈber-ək How to pronounce barrack (audio) , -ik; ˈba-rək, -rik \

Definition of barrack

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a building or set of buildings used especially for lodging soldiers in garrison usually used in plural
2a : a structure resembling a shed or barn that provides temporary housing usually used in plural
b : housing characterized by extreme plainness or dreary uniformity usually used in plural


verb (1)
barracked; barracking; barracks

Definition of barrack (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to lodge in barracks


verb (2)
barracked; barracking; barracks

Definition of barrack (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

chiefly British
: to shout at derisively or sarcastically

intransitive verb

1 chiefly Australia : root, cheer usually used with for
2 chiefly British : jeer, scoff

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Verb (2)

barracker noun

Examples of barrack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Three men in his barrack have been diagnosed with tuberculosis, which is common in Russian prisons. The Economist, "Does the Kremlin want Alexei Navalny to die in prison?," 10 Apr. 2021 Dale Smith from the Westminster MSP barrack said Monday afternoon. Yasmine Askari,, "Police investigating shooting in Taneytown, second in Carroll County in less than a week," 15 Mar. 2021 He was interviewed at the MSP Westminster barrack in November 2019 and the ensuing investigation included troopers speaking with the woman, according to charging documents. Bob Blubaugh,, "Hampstead man charged with second-degree rape; suspect alleged recounted incidents during background check, police say," 4 Dec. 2020 That quake leveled houses and shook ammunition racks loose from the walls of a barrack, according to the Florida Bureau of Geology. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Earthquake near Florida border tied for Alabama’s 13th largest," 3 Sep. 2020 None of the tents were uniform, ranging in size from Improved Combat Shelters—the Army version of a one-person pup tent—to massive AirBeam inflatable barrack buildings. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 In grand urban buildings, village huts, and prison barracks; on trains, ships, and submarines; wherever Russian communities exist, the steam in the parilka has been endlessly refreshed. Rachel Polonsky, The New York Review of Books, "Naked Souls," 27 May 2020 The rockets were accurate enough, having been fired from roughly 300 feet away, slamming into two guard posts, the American barracks and an Afghan police compound nearby, starting a fire in a shipping container. New York Times, "A Rocket Attack. Two Narratives. This Is What Happened.," 12 May 2020 The military is really good at setting up barracks. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit nurse has heartbreaking talks with her son through glass door," 16 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For New Yorkers barracked in our houses and apartments, or doctors and nurses scrambling for face masks, beseeching a saint to end an epidemic may not sound sufficient. Jason Farago, New York Times, "The Saint Who Stopped an Epidemic Is on Lockdown at the Met," 26 Mar. 2020 Army barracks torn down, new housing to come The Glendale campus was originally a U.S. Army air-training base for World War II. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "5 things to know about Arizona Christian University's move to Glendale," 16 June 2019 Some 200 people were quickly evacuated from campgrounds in the fire's path in addition to 80 children who were trapped in a camp barracks Saturday. CBS News, "Thousands flee raging wildfires in California," 10 July 2017 The Marine veteran used some of his time while in the Wounded Warrior barracks to take writing, filmmaking and business classes, with an eye toward this future. Jeanette Steele,, "San Diego TV streaming start-up tries dark humor to reach veterans," 22 June 2017 The military would not permit reporters to wait near the gate to the prison barracks complex. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Chelsea Manning Leaves Prison, Closing an Extraordinary Leak Case," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of barrack


1686, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb (1)

1701, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1885, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for barrack


French baraque hut, from Catalan barraca

Verb (2)

perhaps from dialect (northern Ireland) barrack to brag

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The first known use of barrack was in 1686

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12 Apr 2021

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“Barrack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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bar·​rack | \ ˈber-ək How to pronounce barrack (audio) , -ik \

Kids Definition of barrack

: a building or group of buildings in which soldiers live usually used in pl.

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