barracoon

[ bar-uh-koon ]
/ ˌbær əˈkun /

noun

(formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts.

Nearby words

  1. barrack-room ballads,
  2. barrack-room lawyer,
  3. barracks,
  4. barracks bag,
  5. barracks lawyer,
  6. barracouta,
  7. barracuda,
  8. barracudina,
  9. barrage,
  10. barrage balloon

Origin of barracoon

1850–55, Americanism; < Spanish barracón, equivalent to barrac(a) hut (see barrack1) + -on augmentative suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for barracoon

barracoon

/ (ˌbærəˈkuːn) /

noun

(formerly) a temporary place of confinement for slaves or convicts, esp those awaiting transportation

Word Origin for barracoon

C19: from Spanish barracón, from barraca hut, from Catalan

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