[bar-uh k]

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 barrack

1680–90; < French baraque, Middle French < Catalan barraca hut, of obscure origin


[bar-uh k]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.

Origin of barrack

1885–90; orig. Australian English, perhaps < N Ireland dialect barrack to brag
Related formsbar·rack·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for barrack

hut, garrison, camp, barracks, base, quarters

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British Dictionary definitions for barrack




to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks



verb British, Australian and NZ informal

to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
(intr foll by for) to shout support (for)
Derived Formsbarracker, nounbarracking, noun, adjective

Word Origin for barrack

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.

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