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[bar-uh k] /ˈbær ək/
noun, Usually, barracks
a building or group of buildings for lodging soldiers, especially in garrison.
any large, plain building in which many people are lodged.
verb (used with or without object)
to lodge in barracks.
Origin of barrack1
1680-90; < French baraque, Middle French < Catalan barraca hut, of obscure origin


[bar-uh k] /ˈbær ək/ Australian British
verb (used without object)
to shout boisterously for or against a player or team; root or jeer.
verb (used with object)
to shout for or against.
1885-90; orig. Australian English, perhaps < N Ireland dialect barrack to brag
Related forms
barracker, noun Unabridged
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  • The time seemed short indeed, and I could not for a moment have imagined that it was even noon, when we reached the barrack.

    Warwick Woodlands Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)
  • After supper, Mr. Gault will introduce you to the boys of your barrack.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • This implies six barrack buildings in this portion of the fort and ten barrack buildings in all, that is, a cohort 1,000 strong.

    Roman Britain in 1914 F. Haverfield
  • A barrack term for a fellow-soldier, serving in the same company.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • When we arrived in Buxa I had thought the buildings well protected, as conductors ran down every chimney in bungalow and barrack.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • The party returned to their barrack, laughing heartily at the success of their feint.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • But, in the monotony and the confinement of the barrack routine, his days were often intolerable to him.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
British Dictionary definitions for barrack


to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks


verb (Brit & Austral, NZ, informal)
to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
(intransitive) foll by for. to shout support (for)
Derived Forms
barracker, noun
barracking, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from northern Irish: to boast
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Word Origin and History for barrack

1680s, "temporary hut for soldiers during a siege," from French barraque, from Spanish barraca (mid-13c. in Medieval Latin) "soldier's tent," literally "cabin, hut," perhaps from barro "clay, mud," which is probably of Celt-Iberian origin. Meaning "permanent building for housing troops" (usually in plural) is attested from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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