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


verb (1)
barracked; barracking; barracks

Definition of barrack (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to lodge in barracks


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

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,, "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 Troopers held Cabrarasantos at the the barracks in Southbury until the NYPD detectives arrived to interview him as part of their sprawling investigation into the killing. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Connecticut Troopers Capture 12th Suspect In Brutal Slaying Of NYC Teen," 10 July 2018 Troopers from the Bourne barracks responded to the crash around 1 a.m. to find the woman trapped in the car alone. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Bourne woman dies after striking tree on I-195 in Mattapoisett," 17 Apr. 2018 Around the world, troops use schools and universities as barracks, observation posts, weapons depots or centers for interrogation. The Editors, Scientific American, "A Call to Make Schools Safe Zones, Not War Zones," 1 Jan. 2018 Now the admiral is proposing to more barracks for another 960 nine-month-stay prison guards. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Blue is the new orange as Guantánamo preps for new prisoners, maybe ISIS fighters," 20 June 2018 Although he was not allowed to keep a 12-gauge shotgun on base, on Jan. 12 Anderson allegedly did so and asked a fellow Marine to move it from his barracks before investigators found it. Carl Prine,, "Charges at Marine unit include kidnapping, firearms, domestic abuse and more," 9 June 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,, "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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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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