One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, temporary building for housing a garrison of troops.
garrison, camp, encampment, depot, billet, quarters, fort, cantonment, guardhouseView synonyms
- ‘The third floor of the casern was directly hit and destroyed.’
- ‘The Musketeers' life in Paris was often tumultuous, even if strict discipline continued to reign back at the casern.’
- ‘ithout a secure telephone in his quarters, he must drive to the casern (about 8 kilometers away) to place or receive secure communications.’
- ‘The Fort consists of several caserns for the subordinate soldiers, a better building for the captain, a powder and provision magazine.’
- ‘In the opening pages we learn that fencing instruction was obligatory and free in the military, and that each casern was to have a salle d'armes where officers were to exercise daily.’
Late 17th century: from French caserne, from Provençal cazerna, from Latin quaterna ‘(hut) for four’.
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