Definition of barracks in English:


(also barrack)

plural noun

  • 1often treated as singular A large building or group of buildings used to house soldiers.

    ‘the troops were ordered back to barracks’
    ‘the main army barracks’
    • ‘The war hardened general then strode out of the barracks as his soldiers got dressed in their battle armor, and headed towards the stables.’
    • ‘Soldiers returning to complete the base closure mission could be housed together in barracks designated specifically for closure personnel.’
    • ‘One morning, nine trucks drove into the camp, winding past the barracks and buildings where soldiers repaired tanks and trucks.’
    • ‘The soldiers returned to their barracks and mobilised a large crowd of their brothers-in-arms for the assault on the police station.’
    • ‘In barracks sentries are usually furnished by the unit's guard, a detachment of soldiers on duty for a 24-hour period, who live in the guardroom or guardhouse.’
    • ‘I moved a group of soldiers nearby the enemy barracks, and they started shooting at it automatically.’
    • ‘The assassinations and bombings carried out by the Partisans forced the German soldiers into their barracks.’
    • ‘These imports are used to feed patients in hospitals, learners in schools and soldiers in the army barracks.’
    • ‘I saw a senior commander sit in the barracks and complain with his soldiers for days while waiting to deploy, ignoring advice to use the time for training.’
    • ‘Some of the problems involved soldiers from the army barracks in Warminster.’
    • ‘One soldier, rather close to the bottom of the ladder, was quite satisfied to simply keep the latrines clean and the barracks stoves going in cold weather.’
    • ‘But an unnamed friend of the teenager said the youngster was joking and talking with a soldier guarding the barracks when the soldier opened fire without provocation.’
    • ‘They all made their way up to the castle while the king instructed soldiers to the military barracks.’
    • ‘Maj-Gen Evans said one of his immediate priorities was to consolidate across the division, giving soldiers more time in barracks and at home than has been the case in past few years.’
    • ‘The Palmach House sits on the edge of the army orchestra's barracks; their parade ground will eventually spill over onto its car park roof.’
    • ‘This included the construction, maintenance and repair of military roads, barracks and cantonments.’
    • ‘Obviously, girls should not be trained for military service in the barracks because our barracks so far do not measure up to world standards.’
    • ‘The barracks and cantonment areas of major army bases are fine for getting ready to communicate in urban combat.’
    • ‘Ripple firecracker detonations erupted from the rise overlooking the barracks as the militiamen opened fire.’
    • ‘One leaked battle plan shows they will lay on anti-Bush rallies using serving soldiers outside military barracks.’
    garrison, camp, encampment, depot, billet, quarters, fort, cantonment, guardhouse
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    1. 1.1 A building or group of buildings used to house a specific group of people, such as labourers or prisoners, in austere conditions.
      ‘factory owners were usually responsible for the housing of their workers, providing barracks nearby’
      • ‘The artists who created installations in the low barrack buildings could scarcely compete with the somber plaques explaining the significance of each area.’
      • ‘Inside the Pavilion, there is even an original barrack from the Heart Mountain Relocation center.’
      • ‘The High Range Club is ‘a barrack of a building’ built at the same time as Christ Church in 1910.’
      • ‘Van Pelt noted that the undressing barrack is correctly positioned vis-à-vis the cottage.’
      • ‘Fiera's entrance was heralded by a rather loud slamming of the barrack's door, but not a single head turned toward the sudden sound.’
      • ‘These new buildings would replace the barrack structures in the main entrance square and would be suitable for those looking for larger office spaces.’
      • ‘She was in the same barrack as I. Maggie was holding Nathan for me.’
      • ‘She found her way to the last barrack before the tunnel turned into a bridge over the Ebruan River that flowed through the middle of the city.’
      • ‘We lived for a long time 12 families in one barrack with one toilet outside.’
      • ‘The meeting took place out in the open, with four poles and a canvas for a roof - there was no barrack large enough to comfortably house a dozen people in the hot weather.’
      • ‘But on the other end, you don't want the campus to be a barrack.’
      • ‘They hugged each other hard, and Ann left for her own barrack.’
      • ‘Ian and Bryan walked with her to the door of the barrack.’
      • ‘A designated 2.5 acre site in the 60 acre barrack complex will be used and it is intended that family groups, in the main, will be housed in these 50 mobile homes.’
    2. 1.2British A large, ugly building.
      ‘that great barrack of a house’


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