plural noun[often treated as singular]
1A building or group of buildings used to house soldiers: the troops were ordered back to barracks
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- They all made their way up to the castle while the king instructed soldiers to the military barracks.
- One leaked battle plan shows they will lay on anti-Bush rallies using serving soldiers outside military barracks.
- This included the construction, maintenance and repair of military roads, barracks and cantonments.
1.1A building or group of buildings used to house large numbers of people.
- The High Range Club is ‘a barrack of a building’ built at the same time as Christ Church in 1910.
- But on the other end, you don't want the campus to be a barrack.
- We lived for a long time 12 families in one barrack with one toilet outside.
Late 17th century: barrack from French baraque, from Italian baracca or Spanish barraca 'soldier's tent', of unknown origin.
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