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noun \ˈbär\

Definition of bar

  1. 1 a :  a straight piece (as of wood or metal) that is longer than it is wide and has any of various uses (as for a lever, support, barrier, or fastening) b :  a solid piece or block of material that is longer than it is wide <a bar of gold> <a candy bar> c :  a usually rigid piece (as of wood or metal) longer than it is wide that is used as a handle or support; especially :  a handrail used by ballet dancers to maintain balance while exercising

  2. 2 :  something that obstructs or prevents passage, progress, or action: as a :  the destruction of an action or claim in law; also :  a plea or objection that effects such destruction b :  an intangible or nonphysical impediment c :  a submerged or partly submerged bank (as of sand) along a shore or in a river often obstructing navigation

  3. 3 a (1) :  the railing in a courtroom that encloses the place about the judge where prisoners are stationed or where the business of the court is transacted in civil cases (2) :  court, tribunal (3) :  a particular system of courts (4) :  an authority or tribunal that hands down judgment b (1) :  the barrier in the English Inns of Court that formerly separated the seats of the benchers or readers from the body of the hall occupied by the students (2) :  the whole body of barristers or lawyers qualified to practice in the courts of any jurisdiction (3) :  the profession of barrister or lawyer

  4. 4 :  a straight stripe, band, or line much longer than it is wide: as a :  one of two or more horizontal stripes on a heraldic shield b :  a metal or embroidered strip worn on a usually military uniform especially to indicate rank (as of a company officer) or service

  5. 5 a :  a counter at which food or especially alcoholic beverages are served b :  barroom c :  shop 2b

  6. 6 a :  a vertical line across the musical staff before the initial measure accent b :  measure

  7. 7 :  a lace and embroidery joining covered with buttonhole stitch for connecting various parts of the pattern in needlepoint lace and cutwork

  8. 8 :  standard <wants to raise the bar for approving new drugs>

behind bars
  1. :  in jail

Origin of bar

Middle English barre, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *barra

First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with bar




Simple Definition of bar

  • : to put a bar or a set of bars in front of a door, window, etc., so that people cannot go in or out of it

  • : to put something in a road, path, etc., so that people cannot get by

  • : to prevent or forbid (someone) from doing something

Full Definition of bar


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to fasten with a bar b :  to place bars across to prevent ingress or egress <bar the door>

  3. 2 :  to mark with bars :  stripe

  4. 3 a :  to confine or shut in by or as if by bars b :  to set aside :  rule out <did not bar the possibility of further measures> c :  to keep out :  exclude <barring him from the club>

  5. 4 a :  to interpose legal objection to or to the claim of b :  prevent, forbid <a decision barring his participation>

Examples of bar

  1. He barred the door as soon as he got in.

  2. All the windows and doors were barred.

  3. A herd of goats was barring the road.

  4. Nothing barred them from meeting together.

  5. The judge will bar the jurors from talking to reporters.

  6. A federal court has barred the group from using the name.

  7. The decision bars the possibility of additional development in the area.

  8. forms of punishment barred by the Constitution

13th Century

First Known Use of bar

13th century




Simple Definition of bar

  • —used in the phrase bar none to emphasize that a statement is completely true

  • : except for

Full Definition of bar

  1. :  except <the country's most popular actor, bar none>

Examples of bar

  1. They have lost every match, bar one.

  2. <everyone in the company is invited, bar none>


First Known Use of bar





Definition of bar

  1. :  a unit of pressure equal to 100,000 pascals

Origin of bar

German, from Greek baros

First Known Use: 1910




Definition of bar

  1. 1 barometer; barometric

  2. 2 barrel



Definition of Bar

  1. Baruch



Definition of BAr

  1. bachelor of architecture



Definition of BAR

  1. Browning automatic rifle


combining form

Definition of bar-

  1. :  weight :  pressure <barometer>

Variants of bar-

or baro-

Origin of bar-

Greek baros; akin to Greek barys heavy — more at grieve

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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