A barracks in which slaves or convicts were formerly held in temporary confinement.
[Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca, hut; see barrack1.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
(formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts.
[1850–55, Amer.; < Sp barracón=barrac(a) hut (see barrack1) + -on augmentative suffix]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.