Definition of barracks in English:

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barracks

Pronunciation: /ˈbarəks/
(also barrack)

plural noun

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

Origin

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

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