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

Other Words from barrack

Verb (2)

barracker noun

Examples of barrack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The intelligence arm of the Ukrainian defense ministry claims to have evidence that local separatists and Russian operatives mined the barrack and set it on fire. USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 Brady told Titus that during a February meeting at a Maryland State Police barrack she and Coyne were told that rank-and-file troopers were suspicious of Buenger’s behavior. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2022 When Mila came down with typhus, she was moved to a barrack for the sick to die. Diane Herbst,, 7 Mar. 2022 Weaver served at all State Police barrack during his time in the uniform bureau. Globe Staff,, 27 Apr. 2022 Bozenka hid Bronia in a barrack for Christians and later helped her evade going to the gas chamber when Mengele picked her number to perish. Diane Herbst,, 7 Mar. 2022 Womack was taken to the Maryland State Police barrack in Centreville and placed in a cell., 26 Jan. 2022 Including the basement, barracks, barrack parking lot, storage barracks, and boiler room, the property is 24,394 square feet. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 But Bebjak’s curious narrative strategy of devoting two-thirds of the film to Freddy and Valer’s escape, along with the fates of other men in their barrack, pays off in the one-scene wonder that brings it to a staggering close. Scott Tobias, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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,, 22 June 2017 The military would not permit reporters to wait near the gate to the prison barracks complex. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 16 May 2017 See More

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

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

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