Definition of barracks in English:


Line breaks: bar|racks
Pronunciation: /ˈbarəks
(also barrack)


[often treated as singular]
  • A large 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.
    garrison, camp, encampment, depot, billet, quarters, fort, cantonment, guardhouse; Spanish cuartel
    Nautical , • informal stone frigate
    archaic , • informal lobster box
    rare casern


late 17th century: barrack from French baraque, from Italian baracca or Spanish barraca 'soldier's tent', of unknown origin.

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