In fortification, caserns, also spelled cazern or caserne, are little rooms, lodgments, or apartments, erected between the ramparts, and the houses of fortified towns, or even on the ramparts themselves; to serve as lodgings for the soldiers of the garrison, to ease the garrison.

There are usually two beds in each casern, for six soldiers to lie, who mount the guard alternately; the third part being always on duty.

See also Barracks.

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  • Casern — Ca sern, n. [F. caserne.] A lodging for soldiers in garrison towns, usually near the rampart; barracks. Bescherelle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • casern — or caserne [kə zʉrn′] n. [Fr caserne < Prov cazerna, small hut; orig., small room in fortress for a military night watch < L quaterni: see QUATERNARY] a military barracks in a fortified town …   English World dictionary

  • casern — or caserne noun Etymology: French caserne Date: 1696 a military barracks in a garrison town …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • cásern — f ( e/ a) empress; [Cáser+en feminine ending; augusta] …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • casern — n. temporary barrack or billet for soldiers in a military post (also caserne) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • casern — ca·sern …   English syllables

  • casern — ca•sern or ca•serne [[t]kəˈsɜrn[/t]] n. mil a lodging for soldiers in a garrison town • Etymology: 1690–1700; < F caserne …   From formal English to slang

  • casern — /kəˈzɜn/ (say kuh zern) noun Obsolete a lodging for soldiers in a garrison town; a barrack. Also, caserne. {French caserne, originally, small room for soldiers, from Provençal cazerna, from Late Latin variant of quaterna group of four} …  

  • casern(e) —   n. garrison s barracks …   Dictionary of difficult words

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