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 On Saturday, Chinese soldiers dressed in shorts and T-shirts, some carrying red plastic buckets or brooms, emerged from their barracks in a rare public appearance to help residents clear debris blocking key roads. NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters fight off police with fire and arrows," 17 Nov. 2019 Victor Ting, a reporter for South China Morning Post, shared a clip of the soldiers returning to their Hong Kong barracks later in the day. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "China sent soldiers to a Hong Kong protest site—with brooms and buckets," 16 Nov. 2019 Pressure on Morales increased ominously on Saturday when police on guard outside Bolivia's presidential palace abandoned their posts and police retreated to their barracks in at least three cities. Paola Flores And Carlos Valdez, USA TODAY, "Bolivia's president Evo Morales resigns amid election-fraud allegations, deadly protests," 11 Nov. 2019 The pressure on Morales had increased ominously Saturday when police on guard outside the presidential palace abandoned their posts, and police officers retreated to their barracks in at least three cities. Author: Paola Flores And Carlos Valdez, Anchorage Daily News, "Bolivia’s president resigns amid election-fraud allegations," 11 Nov. 2019 Having one or two legions always on the move often meant that most others could stay in their barracks. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Trump Doctrine: Deterrence without Intervention?," 5 Nov. 2019 Guinea’s army chief of staff, Gen. Namory Toure, ordered soldiers to remain in their barracks. Boubacar Diallo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "4 dead as Guineans protest president’s bid to extend power," 14 Oct. 2019 Underground barracks, built during the Napoleonic era, housed beds, a hospital, and a command center from where British generals plotted the Dunkirk escape. Samuel Earle, The New Republic, "The White Cliffs of Brexit," 22 Oct. 2019 Troopers from the North East and JFK state police barracks, Perryville police and members of the Maryland State Police STATE team and K-9 unit participated in a search effort, but were unable to locate the driver. S. Wayne Carter Jr.,, "Man who allegedly drove stolen vehicle at Perryville police officer arrested in Virginia," 7 Sep. 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,, "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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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Barrack.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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