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barracoon

[bar-uh-koon]
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noun
  1. (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

barracoon

noun
  1. (formerly) a temporary place of confinement for slaves or convicts, esp those awaiting transportation
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Word Origin

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