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

Examples of barrack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Kennedy said, looking over a mustard-yellow vista of clapboard barracks. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "RFK speaks at Hunters Point," 23 May 2018 The photo above shows men reading on the front porch of the hospital barracks at Camp Sheridan in 1918. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, AL.com, "A timeline of the 1918 influenza pandemic in Alabama," 16 Jan. 2018 Buy Photo During the Philadelphia Navy Yard’s military days, the historic barracks east of what’s now a gleaming modern business park at the sprawling former base’s core were home to U.S. Marines who guarded the facility. Jacob Adelman, Philly.com, "Second Philadelphia Navy Yard hotel planned in aged barracks," 20 Apr. 2018 At a shopping center near Masvingo's main army barracks, people openly discussed politics in a sharp contrast to previous elections, when the opposition alleged harassment and attacks by security forces. Farai Mutsaka, Fox News, "Guess who's still a factor in Zimbabwe's election? Mugabe.," 22 July 2018 In the Nazi camps, Mrs. Kirschner hid the letters in barracks niches or buried them in soil, risking punishment if they were discovered. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Sala Kirschner, 94, Whose Trove of Letters Told of the Holocaust, Dies," 13 Mar. 2018 Increased exposure to the virus was undoubtedly important, and barracks, convoy ships and training camps were inevitably crowded incubators of germs of all kinds. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019

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 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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