\ ˈbärd How to pronounce barred (audio) \

Definition of barred

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

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Synonyms for barred


banded, streaked, striped

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Examples of barred in a Sentence

He looked out the barred windows of the jail. a bird with a barred tail

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And the manner in which some died — trapped between barred windows and roaring flames — echoes this. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 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, "The Infamous Sochi Drug-Testing Lab Is Now a Gastro Pub," 19 June 2018 DeAngelo, 72, appeared in court for Monday's brief hearing, walking in on his own power and standing in a barred holding cage before the judge. Paige St. John,, "Possible 13th Golden State Killer slaying mentioned in search warrant, defense attorney says," 14 May 2018 There are more barred windows, chain-link fences and cheap apartment blocks., "A Dream Displaced," 29 Mar. 2018 Marshall said Hardwick remains barred following his conviction. Carol Robinson,, "Daycare worker convicted of sexting child once in his care," 10 June 2017 For now, though, those with no close family in this country remain barred. Jeff Gammage,, "Trump's travel ban casualties: laid-off refugee workers," 30 Aug. 2017 Barred owls are fairly common in the Northland, but aren’t often seen in the city, especially on the hoods of squad cars. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Duluth cop checks out ‘injured’ owl, ends up with awesome photo," 9 Feb. 2017 Barred owls aren’t all white, this one just looks that way due to the lighting in the photo, said Laura Erickson, Duluth bird expert. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Duluth cop checks out ‘injured’ owl, ends up with awesome photo," 9 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of barred

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of barred

: covered by a bar or a set of bars
: having bands or stripes of different color

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a strong desire or propensity

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