: marked by or divided off by bars
especially : having alternate bands of different color
a barred feather

Examples of barred in a Sentence

He looked out the barred windows of the jail. a bird with a barred tail
Recent Examples on the Web Dogs and buzzards fought over a dead cat in the middle of the street, directly across from an officer who watched the ferocious struggle from a barred window, twirling the ends of his moustache. Alexander Sammon, Harper's Magazine, 25 July 2022 At the time of the fire, there were 57 female students in the dormitory, described by police as a flat concrete building measuring about 100 feet by 40 feet, with barred windows. Hande Atay Alam, CNN, 23 May 2023 Men wearing hoodies and expectant gazes drifted toward a house with barred windows. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2023 In California, for example, the legislature in 2018 barred felony murder charges against participants in a felony who did not personally kill anyone. jsonline.com, 27 Oct. 2021 Similarly, Alexey Kortnev, the frontman of the band Neschastny Sluchai, who was tapped to be the festival's host, declined and expressed support for the barred candidates. Vladimir Kozlov, Billboard, 7 Aug. 2019 The couple and their daughter had lived with Martinez’s mother in a sea-green brick home with barred windows in a working-class neighborhood of San Martin on the outskirts of the capital, San Salvador. Christopher Sherman, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2019 And the manner in which some died — trapped between barred windows and roaring flames — echoes this. New York Times, 9 July 2018 Russia’s track team remains barred from global competition, and the country’s antidoping operations have been decertified by international regulators. New York Times, 19 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barred was in the 14th century

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“Barred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barred. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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: having alternate bands of different color

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