[ bar-uh-koon ]
/ ˌbær əˈkun /
(formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts.
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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
/ (ˌbærəˈkuːn) /
(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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