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[bar-uh k]Australian British
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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 barrack

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


[bar-uh k]
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 barrack

1680–90; < French baraque, Middle French < Catalan barraca hut, of obscure origin
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Related Words for barracks

encampment, garrison, hut, billet, camp, headquarters, quarters, dormitory, enclosure, tent, bivouac, prefab, cantonment

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Historical Examples of barracks

  • No one is allowed to go out of barracks and no drink is allowed to come in.

  • Another post on the main, also, commanded the prisoners' barracks.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Some have been pulled down entirely, and the site used for gaols or barracks.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • He ordered the soldier to return immediately to the barracks.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • To think that she had been ambitious of having a corner in this barracks!


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for barracks


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
  3. a large and bleak building
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Word Origin for barracks

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


  1. to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks
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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 for barrack

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


plural, and usual, form of barrack (q.v.).

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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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