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

Estrin of the Maryland State Police barrack in Bel Air. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Section of Route 23 closed, several houses evacuated after propane truck crashes in Jarrettsville," 5 July 2019 Trump helped get Gallagher transferred from a military brig to less-restrictive barracks before trial. NBC News, "Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher thanks Trump and Fox News after he is acquitted of murder," 3 July 2019 Yet older migrants are kept in barracks-like dorms, some with more than a 100 beds. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Castro, Harris, other 2020 hopefuls join forces to blast Trump at migrant detention site in Florida," 28 June 2019 The original barracks are still there, with another between them, housing an armored battalion of German Army engineers. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘The Escape Artists’ Review: Keep Calm and Keep Shoveling," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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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