barrack

noun
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
2a : a structure resembling a shed or barn that provides temporary housing
b : housing characterized by extreme plainness or dreary uniformity usually used in plural in all senses

barrack

verb (1)
barracked; barracking; barracks

Definition of barrack (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to lodge in barracks

barrack

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The park’s community center was a military barrack during World War II. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Solana Beach: This ‘sunny place’ comes with nightlife and chic shops," 28 June 2019 Anyone who saw it or has information about it is asked to call the Troop H barracks at 860-534-1000. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford double-shooting closed south lanes of I-91 during morning rush; highway reopened," 19 June 2019 Fort Scott, by contrast, has seen the full restoration of only two of its handsome barracks that date back to 1912. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Presidio Trust rejects ‘do-gooder’ plans to restore Fort Scott," 19 June 2019 Since buying the campus, ACU has torn down five of those barracks to make room for athletic programs and fields, Munsil said. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "5 things to know about Arizona Christian University's move to Glendale," 16 June 2019 The attack at the heart of the case was a suicide truck bombing of a U.S. marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983 that killed 241 military personnel and wounded many more. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "US urges UN court to toss out Iranian case on frozen assets," 8 Oct. 2018 But Shanahan has said that any money for military housing or barracks would not be touched, as well as any projects that will have contracts awarded before the end of this fiscal year, Sept. 30. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Lawmakers denounce plan to divert military money for wall," 26 Mar. 2019 State police ask that any witnesses to the crash call Trooper Dimitrios Karadimos at the Hartford barracks at 860-534-1000. David Owens, courant.com, "State Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash On Route 9 In New Britain," 8 July 2018 Rohwer had hundreds of barracks divided into blocks, each of which had a mess hall, a laundry facility, a latrine, and housing for families. Washington Post, "Possible migrant site minutes from former internment camp," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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

Noun

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

Noun

French baraque hut, from Catalan barraca

Verb (2)

perhaps from dialect (northern Ireland) barrack to brag

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barrack

noun
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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