One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A military barracks in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.‘‘Pasaporte,’ demands the sour-faced officer at the cuartel’
garrison, camp, encampment, depot, billet, quarters, fort, cantonment, guardhouseView synonyms
- ‘The pilot flew the plane to the army cuartel at La Maya, and dropped two homemade napalm bombs.’
- ‘The next day, upon returning to the cuartel in Yaviza, I find that the police have inexplicably changed their minds.’
- ‘Leaving the cuartel, I walk to the Yaviza waterfront.’
- ‘Charles Rhodes of the Sixth Cavalry, accompanied by two orderlies, came across twenty armed insurgents in a cuartel.’
- ‘Don Alejandro had drawn his sword as soon as he had run in the cuartel, ready for anything.’
Mid 19th century ː Spanish, from cuarta ‘quarter’.
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