barracoon

barracoon
noun Etymology: Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca hut, from Catalan Date: 1848 an enclosure or barracks formerly used for temporary confinement of slaves or convicts — often used in plural

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  • Barracoon — Bar ra*coon , n. [Sp. or Pg. barraca. See {Barrack}.] A slave warehouse, or an inclosure where slaves are quartered temporarily. Du Chaillu. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barracoon — [bar΄ə ko͞on′] n. [Sp barracón, aug. of barraca: see BARRACK1] an enclosure or barracks, formerly used for temporarily confining slaves or convicts awaiting transportation …   English World dictionary

  • barracoon — /bar euh koohn /, n. (formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts. [1850 55, Amer.; < Sp barracón, equiv. to barrac(a) hut (see BARRACK1) + on aug. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • barracoon — noun The tempory cage for slaves and indentured servants in the Louisiana Territory and French colonial Africa …   Wiktionary

  • barracoon — n. barrack or inclosure used in the past as temporary prison where slaves were held temporarily for inspection and sale …   English contemporary dictionary

  • barracoon — [ˌbarə ku:n] noun historical an enclosure in which black slaves were temporarily confined. Origin C19: from Sp. barracón, from barraca (see barracks) …   English new terms dictionary

  • barracoon — bar·ra·coon …   English syllables

  • barracoon — bar•ra•coon [[t]ˌbær əˈkun[/t]] n. why (formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts • Etymology: 1850–55, amer.; < Sp barracón=barrac(a) hut (see barrack I) + on aug. suffix …   From formal English to slang

  • barracoon —   n. enclosure in which slaves or convicts were confined …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • barracoon — |barə|kün noun ( s) Etymology: Spanish barracón, aug. of barraca hut, from Catalan : an enclosure or barrack formerly used for temporary confinement of slaves or convicts …   Useful english dictionary

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