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barrack1

[bar-uh k]
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noun Usually barracks.
  1. a building or group of buildings for lodging soldiers, especially in garrison.
  2. any large, plain building in which many people are lodged.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to lodge in barracks.
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Origin of barrack1

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

barrack2

[bar-uh k]Australian British
verb (used without object)
  1. to shout boisterously for or against a player or team; root or jeer.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to shout for or against.
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Origin of barrack2

1885–90; orig. Australian English, perhaps < N Ireland dialect barrack to brag
Related formsbar·rack·er, noun
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Related Words

hutgarrisoncampbarracksbasequarters

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British Dictionary definitions for barrack

barrack1

verb
  1. to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks
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barrack2

verb British, Australian and NZ informal
  1. to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
  2. (intr foll by for) to shout support (for)
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Derived Formsbarracker, nounbarracking, noun, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from northern Irish: to boast
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Word Origin and History for barrack

n.

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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