A barracks in which slaves or convicts were formerly held in temporary confinement.

[Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca, hut; see barrack1.]


(Historical Terms) (formerly) a temporary place of confinement for slaves or convicts, esp those awaiting transportation
[C19: from Spanish barracón, from barraca hut, from Catalan]


(ˌbær əˈkun)

(formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts.
[1850–55, Amer.; < Sp barracón=barrac(a) hut (see barrack1) + -on augmentative suffix]
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Pity and compassion had been generated in the subterranean barracoons of the slaves and were no more than the agony and sweat of the crowded miserables and weaklings.
The moth rips open the silken walls of its bastille, the eel its barracoon (a place for contemporary confinement) of mud.
Kossola was marched to the sea, imprisoned inside a high fence called a barracoon, and loaded with one hundred and fifteen other Africans onto a ship called the Clotilda.
Naipaul, The Overcrowded Barracoon and Other Articles (London: Andre Deutsch, 1972).
Like the term "nigger," donkor implied that "the human pulse stops at the gate of the barracoon.
quarters above or adjoining the store, a warehouse, a barracoon to
Obsessed with the need to get away, Rutherford initially suppresses the political and emotional significance of the information that he receives, while still on land, about the ship's destination and mission: the Republic "would up-anchor and sail eastward against the prevailing winds to the barracoon, or slave factory, at Bangalang on the Guinea coast, take on a cargo of Africans, and then, God willing, return in three months" (20).
There were specific mechanisms in each phase of the African's experience--initial capture and barracoon, transatlantic trek and seasoning--through which he was increasingly nudged toward reassessment of identity.
So Lalu might well have been smuggled into Portland after being smuggled into San Francisco and taken to a barracoon for sale or distribution.
Naipaul, The Overcrowded Barracoon, London, Andre Deutsch, 1972, p.
Translator's note: The term barracoon designates the the slaves' cramped living quarters on plantations in colonial Cuba.
295); barracoon (open shed to accommodate working men or revellers, pp.