Meaning of barrack


A barrack is a building where military personnel live. It’s usually used in the plural, as barracks. It’s also a verb — when soldiers lodge in barracks, they barrack there.

Barrack comes from the Spanish barraca for “soldier’s tent.” Now it’s more than a tent. Barracks are the buildings where soldiers, commanders, and medical staff lodge. Many barracks are temporary buildings that can be taken down quickly and reassembled elsewhere. Other barracks are more sturdy and permanent, but the people who barrack (stay there) are always people in the military.

Definitions of barrack
  1. verb

    lodge in barracks

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    type of:

    accommodate, lodge

    provide housing for

  2. noun

    a building or group of buildings used to house military personnel

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    military barracks in a garrison town
    type of:

    military quarters

    living quarters for personnel on a military post

  3. verb

    laugh at with contempt and derision


    flout, gibe, jeer, scoff

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    type of:

    bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit

    harass with persistent criticism or carping

  4. verb

    spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts


    cheer, exhort, inspire, pep up, root on, urge, urge on

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    act as a cheerleader in a sports event
    type of:


    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

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