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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Anyone who saw the crashes or what happened in between is asked to call Trooper Anthony Fasulo at the Troop H barracks in Hartford at 860-534-1000, ext. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "State Police: Man Who Was Fatally Struck On Highway May Have Been Trying To Help Crash Victim," 5 July 2018 The plays were staged in the segregated barracks by a troupe calling themselves the Dartmoor Amateur Dramatic Company. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Intimate Horrors of Human Nature," 3 Jan. 2019 Capella will serve the sentence in the Vatican barracks, where he has been held since his arrest earlier this year. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, "Vatican convicts ex-diplomat of child porn distribution," 23 June 2018 According to Amnesty's count, at least 32 children and five women have died in detention at one such barracks. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Nigerian soldiers ‘rescued’ women, then starved and raped them, Amnesty International says," 24 May 2018 Floyd County police said the suspect entered the GSP Post 38 barracks at 3386 Martha Berry Highway. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Police: Man allegedly threatened to shoot people in GSP barracks," 23 May 2018 Hundreds of warheads drop on targets, beating missile defense systems, wrecking runways, and blasting barracks. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What a Shooting War in the East China Sea Might Look Like," 27 Nov. 2013 The process has been held up over the registration of defense property like military barracks and buildings used by the defense ministry. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "NATO gives Bosnia green light to advance on membership path," 5 Dec. 2018

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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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