/ (ˈbærəks) /

pl n(sometimes singular; when plural, sometimes functions as singular)
  1. a building or group of buildings used to accommodate military personnel

  2. any large building used for housing people, esp temporarily

  1. a large and bleak building

Origin of barracks

C17: from French baraque, from Old Catalan barraca hut, of uncertain origin

Words Nearby barracks

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How to use barracks in a sentence

  • On the night of June the 11th a red-hot cannon-ball set fire to one of the barracks which was used as a hospital.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • From the near-by barracks troopers craned through windows, and gathered in doorways.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • It is late, but MacRae knows these barracks, and doubtless he can find you a temporary sleeping place.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • A troublesome intruding fellow, why can't he keep his ailments to his own barracks?

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Something was done towards improving the condition of the barracks, hospitals, and schools.