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


verb (1)
barracked; barracking; barracks

Definition of barrack (Entry 2 of 3)


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 Higgins was a 20-year-old Navy radio operator two years into his service, when Japanese planes roared over his barracks on Ford Island on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. oregonlive, "Bend Pearl Harbor survivor shares stories in quarantine — on Instagram," 19 Apr. 2020 In my barrack, there were around one hundred and fifty men, or perhaps a few more. Fox News, "Nazi concentration camp Sylt on island of Alderney revealed by archaeologists," 1 Apr. 2020 Commanders there have taken some precautions, such as restricting Marines and sailors returning from high-risk areas to their barracks and stressing the need for good hygiene. Dan Lamothe,, "As the Pentagon records its first coronavirus death, US troops and their families question what’s next," 22 Mar. 2020 The military used Stinson for training before World War II and built barracks at the site. Paula Allen,, "Stinson Homes provided affordable apartments in San Antonio during a critical housing shortage after WWII," 29 Feb. 2020 In a valley in the Albanian countryside, a group of celibate Iranian dissidents have built a vast and tightly guarded barracks that few outsiders have ever entered., "Highly secretive Iranian rebels are holed up in Albania. They gave us a tour.," 16 Feb. 2020 In a valley in the Albanian countryside, a group of celibate Iranian dissidents have built a vast and tightly guarded barracks that few outsiders have ever entered. New York Times, "Highly Secretive Iranian Rebels Are Holed Up in Albania. They Gave Us a Tour.," 16 Feb. 2020 The attackers split into at least two groups, and headed toward the west side of town, apparently unaware that army troops and state police had been dispatched from the nearest barracks to the west of Villa Union. Washington Post, "How the gunfights in north Mexico that left 22 dead unfolded," 3 Dec. 2019 State police from the Hartford barracks are investigating a one-car crash that claimed the life of a Southington man Friday night. David Owens,, "Southington man dies in one-car crash on I-84 in Plainville," 19 Oct. 2019 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, "The Saint Who Stopped an Epidemic Is on Lockdown at the Met," 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, "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,, "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


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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The first known use of barrack was in 1686

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barrack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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