Definition of barracoon in English:


Syllabification: bar·ra·coon
Pronunciation: /ˌberəˈko͞on


An enclosure in which black slaves were confined for a limited period.
More example sentences
  • Conditions for the African slaves during the Middle Passage are worse than theirs in the barracoons.
  • While they negotiated with the ships, they locked us up in big cages on the shore called barracoons.
  • A signal was made from the vessel, and soon afterwards I saw a long line of slaves coming forth from behind a wood which concealed the barracoons where they had been confined.


mid 19th century: from Spanish barracón, from barraca 'soldier's tent' (see barracks).

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