barracoon

noun
bar·​ra·​coon | \ ˌber-ə-ˈkün How to pronounce barracoon (audio) , ˌba-rə- \

Definition of barracoon

: an enclosure or barracks formerly used for temporary confinement of slaves or convicts often used in plural

Examples of barracoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, they were placed in a barracoon, a holding pen, until white men purchased them and led them onto a ship. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: Why do slave-ship Clotilda owner’s descendants still cower in silence?," 8 Oct. 2019 After eight days of discussion, Foster traded his rum and gold for more than a hundred slaves from the barracoons, as the holding pens were called. Casey N. Cep, The New Yorker, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print," 7 May 2018 With Kossola guiding the way through his story, Hurston transcribed tales of his childhood in Dahomey (now Benin), his capture at 19, his time in a barracoon, his dehumanizing arrival, and five years of enslavement in Alabama. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Barracoon’ Tells the Story of the Slave Trade’s Last Survivor," 2 May 2018 Douglas again escorted them to a barracoon on St. Louis Alley in Chinatown, where they were distributed to the companies that had ordered them. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How early SF police delivered sex slaves to the brothels of Chinatown," 19 Jan. 2018 Lewis was captured and held for weeks in the barracoons of Ouidah, near the Bight of Benin. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor," 19 June 2018 With Kossola guiding the way through his story, Hurston transcribed tales of his childhood in Dahomey (now Benin), his capture at 19, his time in a barracoon, his dehumanizing arrival, and five years of enslavement in Alabama. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Barracoon’ Tells the Story of the Slave Trade’s Last Survivor," 2 May 2018 After eight days of discussion, Foster traded his rum and gold for more than a hundred slaves from the barracoons, as the holding pens were called. Casey N. Cep, The New Yorker, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print," 7 May 2018 Douglas again escorted them to a barracoon on St. Louis Alley in Chinatown, where they were distributed to the companies that had ordered them. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How early SF police delivered sex slaves to the brothels of Chinatown," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of barracoon

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barracoon

Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca hut, from Catalan

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“Barracoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barracoon. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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