barre

noun
\ ˈbär How to pronounce barre (audio) \

Definition of barre

1 plural barres : a handrail used by ballet dancers to maintain balance while exercising : bar sense 1c He would work at an accelerated tempo at the barre to build up his strength, and learn to "feel the floor" with his toes to increase the elasticity of his elevation.— Julie Kavanagh
2 : an exercise regimen that typically utilizes a ballet bar and movements taken from or influenced by ballet training Barre is also low impact and has a built-in handhold, making it a relatively safe form of exercise.— Markham Heid Did I mention that every barre class I have ever gone to includes squats? Lots of squats.— Kathleen Trotter

Examples of barre in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with age, your pelvic floor can weaken, says Ife Obi, a certified Pilates instructor and founder of The Fit In, a Pilates, barre, and strength studio in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Tiffany Ayuda, Health.com, 3 Mar. 2022 For the past 18 months, Daniel Harder has been keeping fit in his Harlem apartment with Zoom workouts, using an ironing board as a ballet barre and trying not to kick over the furniture. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 Between takes, Cotillard sang her lines to herself, while Driver stretched his legs on the railing of the boat, like a dancer at a barre. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Aerial Yoga Houston offers many different classes depending on your level of expertise such as yoga basics, aerial barre and more. Rosemary Akpan, Chron, 10 June 2021 Lack of regular access to studios has meant dancers are confined to their homes, using their kitchen counters as a barre during daily Zoom classes and limiting combinations to ones that can be achieved in the span of their living rooms. Ellen O'connell Whittet, Glamour, 19 Apr. 2021 Donning her ballet slippers and a blue leotard on a recent Sunday afternoon, Brielle took to her virtual lessons in her living room at her portable barre with a focus beyond her years. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 24 Mar. 2021 Now students must stop multiple times during class to sanitize and wipe down the barre at Alaska Dance Theatre. Danielle Duclos, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2020 The distance seemed even greater as Emilie Gerrity took her place beside a wooden chair that stood in for a ballet barre. Derek Catron, USA Today, 9 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of barre

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for barre

French, from Medieval Latin barra

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“Barre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barre. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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