Definition of barracks in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈberəks/

plural noun

[often treated as singular]
1A building or group of buildings used to house soldiers: the troops were ordered back to barracks
More example sentences
  • 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.
garrison, camp, encampment, depot, billet, quarters, fort, cantonment
1.1A building or group of buildings used to house large numbers of people.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: bar·racks

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