Definition of barracks noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbærəks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbærəks//
    [countable + singular or plural verb] (pl. barracks) Buildings
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  1. 1a large building or group of buildings for soldiers to live in an army barracks The troops were ordered back to barracks. The soldiers are searched before they are allowed to leave barracks. Troops are being withdrawn to barracks to avoid further clashes. See related entries: Buildings
  2. 2any large ugly building or buildings See related entries: Buildings
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: barrack from French baraque, from Italian baracca or Spanish barraca ‘soldier's tent’, of unknown origin.
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