barra

noun
bar·​ra | \ ˈber-ə How to pronounce barra (audio) , ˈba-rə \
plural barra also barras

Definition of barra

: barramundi sense 1 Many of [the rivers] are full of barra, a favorite game fish, whose firm white flesh is reminiscent of fresh water bass.— Malabar Hornblower, New York Times, 9 Feb. 1997 Boats anchor around the bridge pylons day and night, depending on the tides, and some quality barra have been caught. — Harry Bligh, Sunday Mail (Queensland, Australia), 24 Feb. 2013

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of barra

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barra

by shortening

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about barra

Time Traveler for barra

Time Traveler

The first known use of barra was in 1985

See more words from the same year

Statistics for barra

Cite this Entry

“Barra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barra. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

Comments on barra

What made you want to look up barra? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!