\ ˈbär How to pronounce barre (audio) \

Definition of barre

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Recent Examples on the Web Pure Barre is the largest, most established barre franchise with more than 500 studios across North America. Candice Terrell/share,, "Pure Barre’s record-setting ‘Barre on the Bridge’ is back," 7 June 2019 There’s nothing wrong with being a barre instructor. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Service Jobs and Democracy," 16 Aug. 2019 Try the Xtend Barre sessions led by Andrea Rogers, which combine the body-shaping benefits of a traditional barre routine with a fat-blasting calorie burn. CNN Underscored, "Barre, yoga, Tough Mudder and more -- this digital streaming platform has it all," 9 July 2019 Bring your yoga mat and take part in free classes led by local instructors who specialize in Pilates, yoga, CrossFit, cycle, barre and dance. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 20 June 2019 Pure Barre Pop-Up Fundraiser — Burn some energy and tone up your muscles with an energetic barre workout, an exercise that incorporates hybrid ballet stretches and dance moves, to fund-raise for the Lost Lake racing team. Anchorage Daily News, "Say aloha to some ono food and reggae this week," 13 June 2019 My right hand took the barre and the pianist filled the room with music. Matt Ortile, SELF, "Whenever My Life Feels Out of Control, I Go to Ballet Class," 16 Aug. 2018 Band donkey kicks How Brit did it: Attach a resistance band to a barre or chair and place your foot in the handle of the band. Blake Bakkila,, "9 Ways Britney Spears Is Getting Her Abs Ready for Summer," 25 Apr. 2018 There are also workouts inspired by boxing, barre, yoga, and more. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About 10 Popular at-Home Workout Programs," 13 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of barre

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barre

French, from Medieval Latin barra

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13 Oct 2019

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“Barre.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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