barrack

noun
bar·​rack | \ ˈber-ək, -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

Examples of barrack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a speech to soldiers at a military barracks. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "U.S. Allies Vie With China to Make Pacific Island Friends," 8 Nov. 2018 The building was turned into military barracks, hospital and morgue during the Civil War. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Picture perfect: Caps fans celebrate Stanley Cup Final on steps of nation's living room," 3 June 2018 While the Marines are touting the speed and personnel savings involved in the exercise, there’s also no doubt that a concrete structure offers more protection from enemy fire than a tent barracks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines 3D Printed a Concrete Barracks," 30 Aug. 2018 Many of those buildings were constructed as military barracks during the Cold War — long before the need for high-speed internet and other technology that the agency needs to do its job. Susan Montoya Bryan, The Seattle Times, "Nuclear security agency begins work on New Mexico complex," 2 July 2018 Gillman Barracks: Contemporary Arts Cluster Gillman Barracks is a former military barracks turned contemporary art haven. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things To Do In Singapore," 2 Mar. 2018 Those who track Venezuela’s armed forces say several coup attempts organized by low- and mid-ranking military men have been thwarted over the last year by intelligence officials often embedded in barracks. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuela’s President Pushes Crackdown in Wake of Drone Attack," 9 Aug. 2018 The Lodge at the Presidio is the result of the federal Presidio Trust taking a pair of 123-year-old Army barracks and turning the insides into a modern, 42-room boutique hotel. Spud Hilton, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s newest hotel may have best view in town," 18 June 2018 Census population estimates include people living in institutional settings like prisons and nursing homes and noninstitutional settings such as college dorms and military barracks. Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit still losing people but — oh, man — not like Fife Lake Twp.," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, -ik\

Kids Definition of barrack

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

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