(formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts.
Origin of barracoon
1850–55, Americanism; < Spanish barracón, equivalent to barrac(a) hut (see barrack1) + -on augmentative suffix
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(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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