a building or group of buildings for lodging soldiers, especially in garrison.
any large, plain building in which many people are lodged.
to lodge in barracks.
to shout boisterously for or against a player or team; root or jeer.
to shout for or against.
Contemporary Examples

There are lovingly tended flower beds along each road and surrounding every barrack.
Afghanistan, We Hardly Knew You Jonathan Foreman December 7, 2014

The Arab media has taken note of the president taking the oath of office using his full name—barrack Hussein Obama.
Carrots and Sticks for the Middle East Salameh Nematt January 19, 2009

Hafrich shouts that he should return to the barrack, but the man keeps going.
The Last Days of Stalin’s Son During WWII David Frum March 3, 2013

Historical Examples

The time seemed short indeed, and I could not for a moment have imagined that it was even noon, when we reached the barrack.
Warwick Woodlands Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)

By barrack and camp life the normal civilian intellect is, as it were, marooned.
Another Sheaf John Galsworthy

This implies six barrack buildings in this portion of the fort and ten barrack buildings in all, that is, a cohort 1,000 strong.
Roman Britain in 1914 F. Haverfield

Beg pardon, sir; but you are the gentleman from the barrack, sir?
The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)

When we arrived in Buxa I had thought the buildings well protected, as conductors ran down every chimney in bungalow and barrack.
Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly

I know he’s here, for I heard him as I crossed the barrack square.
VC — A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea David Christie Murray

But, in the monotony and the confinement of the barrack routine, his days were often intolerable to him.
Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]

to house (people, esp soldiers) in barracks
verb (Brit & Austral, NZ, informal)
to criticize loudly or shout against (a player, team, speaker, etc); jeer
(intransitive) foll by for. to shout support (for)

1680s, “temporary hut for soldiers during a siege,” from French barraque, from Spanish barraca (mid-13c. in Medieval Latin) “soldier’s tent,” literally “cabin, hut,” perhaps from barro “clay, mud,” which is probably of Celt-Iberian origin. Meaning “permanent building for housing troops” (usually in plural) is attested from 1690s.


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