noun bar·ra·coon \ˌber-ə-ˈkün, ˌba-rə-\

Definition of barracoon

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

Origin and Etymology of barracoon

Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca hut, from Catalan

First Known Use: 1817

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