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 usually used in plural
2a : a structure resembling a shed or barn that provides temporary housing usually used in plural
b : housing characterized by extreme plainness or dreary uniformity usually used in plural


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

Other Words from barrack

Verb (2)

barracker noun

Examples of barrack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Including the basement, barracks, barrack parking lot, storage barracks, and boiler room, the property is 24,394 square feet. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 But Bebjak’s curious narrative strategy of devoting two-thirds of the film to Freddy and Valer’s escape, along with the fates of other men in their barrack, pays off in the one-scene wonder that brings it to a staggering close. Scott Tobias, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 In the meantime, their comrades in the ninth barrack are punished for their disappearance, forced to spend days and nights standing in the cold — a routine broken by punitive acts of violence by a Nazi officer. Scott Tobias, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 With lights and sirens activated, troopers began to follow the tractor-trailer in an attempt to stop the driver while calling the barrack to request additional troopers., 19 Oct. 2021 Emmett has no interest in what his former barrack mates have cooked up, but novels wouldn’t be novels if everything went as planned. John Tamny, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Bey said in one instance a child came to a prayer space within a community and got a Quran and ran back to his barrack to tell the others, and about 20 people poured from the building to get one of their own. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Oct. 2021 The following year, the organization agreed to place a marker near the long barrack. USA Today, 28 Sep. 2021 When Freddy walks into a barrack with a grisly tableaux of bodies stacked to the ceiling, his mind focuses on the culling of information rather than the obscenity of Nazi genocide. Scott Tobias, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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,, 22 June 2017 The military would not permit reporters to wait near the gate to the prison barracks complex. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 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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18 Jan 2022

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“Barrack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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