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1 a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter; "he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar" [syn: barroom, saloon, ginmill, taproom]
2 a counter where you can obtain food or drink; "he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar"
3 a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon; "there were bars in the windows to prevent escape"
4 musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song" [syn: measure]
5 an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal; "it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar"
6 the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza" [syn: prevention]
7 (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter; "unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter"
8 a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore; "the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river"
9 the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction; "he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey" [syn: legal profession, legal community]
10 a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax); "a bar of chocolate" [syn: cake]
11 a portable .30 caliber magazine-fed automatic rifle operated by gas pressure; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War [syn: Browning automatic rifle]
12 a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
13 a heating element in an electric fire; "an electric fire with three bars"
14 (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried; "spectators were not allowed past the bar"


1 prevent from entering; keep out; "He was barred from membership in the club" [syn: debar, exclude]
2 render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road" [syn: barricade, block, blockade, stop, block off, block up]
3 expel, as if by official decree; "he was banished from his own country" [syn: banish, relegate]
4 secure with, or as if with, bars; "He barred the door" [ant: unbar] [also: barring, barred]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK): /bɑː/, /bA:/
  • (US): , /bɑr/, /bAr/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(r)

Etymology 1

From barre, from barre


  1. A solid, more or less rigid object with a uniform cross-section smaller than its length.
  2. a solid metal object with uniform (round, square, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular) cross-section, whose smallest dimension is .25 inch or greater (US), a piece of thinner material being called a strip.
    Ancient Sparta used iron bars instead of handy coins in more valuable alloi, to physically disencourage the use of money
  3. A cuboid piece of any solid commodity.
    bar of chocolate
    bar of soap
  4. A long, narrow drawn or printed rectangle, cuboid or cylinder, especially as used in a bar code or a bar chart.
  5. A business licensed to sell intoxicating beverages for consumption on the premises, or the premises themselves; public house.
  6. The counter of such a premises
  7. A similar device or simply a closet containing alcoholic beverages in a private house or a hotel room.
  8. An official order or pronouncement that prohibits some activity.
  9. (computing, whimsical, derived from fubar) Used to stand for some unspecified entity, usually a second entity following foo.
    Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar
  10. (legal: the Bar) Short for the Bar Exam, the legal licensing exam.
    He's studying hard to pass the Bar this time; he's failed it twice before.
  11. (British: the Bar) A collective term for barristers.
  12. (British: the Bar) (loosely) The profession of barristers.
  13. A vertical line across a musical staff dividing written music into sections, typically of equal durational value.
  14. One of these musical sections.
  15. The crossbar
  16. The central divider between the inner and outer table of a backgammon board, where stones are placed if they are hit.
  17. An addition to a military medal, on account of a subsequent act
  18. A linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water.
  19. A ridge or succession of ridges of sand or other substance, especially a formation extending across the mouth of a river or harbor or off a beach, and which may obstruct navigation. (FM 55-501).
  20. One of the ordinaries in heraldry.
    See wikipedia article on the topic:
  21. A horizontal pole that must be crossed in high jump and pole vault
solid object with uniform cross-section
metallurgy: solid object of round, square, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular section
  • Dutch: staaf, baar, stang
  • Finnish: palkki, tanko
  • German: Barren
  • Greek: ράβδος (ravdos)
  • Interlingua: barra
  • Portuguese: barra
  • Spanish: barra
cuboid piece of any commodity
long, narrow drawn or printed rectangle, cuboid or cylinder
  • Dutch: blok
  • Finnish: pylväs, palkki, viiva
  • German: Balken, Strich, Streifen
business licensed to sell intoxicating beverages
counter of such a premises
closet containing alcoholic beverages in a private house or a hotel room
official order prohibiting some activity
computing: a second entity following foo
collective term for barristers
profession of barristers
music: vertical line across a staff
music: section of a staff
  • Dutch: maat
  • Finnish: tahti
  • French: mesure
  • German: Takt
  • Swedish: takt
nautical: sand formation
  • Dutch: zandbank
  • Finnish: särkkä
  • Italian: barra
sports: in high jump and pole vault
  • Italian: asticella


  1. To obstruct the passage of (someone or something).
  2. To prohibit.
    I couldn't get into the nightclub because I had been barred
  3. To lock or bolt with a bar.
    bar the door
Derived terms
to obstruct the passage of
to prohibit
  • Dutch: verbieden
  • Esperanto: malpermesi
  • Finnish: estää, kieltää
  • French: interdire
  • German: verbieten
  • Interlingua: prohibir
  • Italian: vietare
  • Portuguese: proibir
to lock or bolt with a bar


  1. Except, with the exception of.
    He invited everyone to his wedding bar his ex-wife.
See except


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Etymology 2




Extensive Definition

Bar may refer to:

Math and science

  • Bar (unit), a scientific unit of pressure
  • Bar (computer science), a metasyntactic variable used in computer science
  • A vinculum over a digit or digits in mathematics used to indicate a repeating decimal
  • Gravel bar, a hydrologically sediment accumulation
  • Bar chart (or graph), a chart with rectangular bars of lengths used for comparing two or more values.
  • Bar (astronomy), a formation of stars found in approximately half of all spiral galaxies


  • Bar association, the community of persons engaged in the practice of law
    • Bar examination, a lengthy law examination conducted at regular intervals to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction
  • Personal bar, a Scots practice term for estoppel.



Communes of France




See also

bar in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Бар (неадназначнасьць)
bar in Bulgarian: Бар (пояснение)
bar in Catalan: Bar (desambiguació)
bar in Czech: Bar
bar in German: Bar
bar in Modern Greek (1453-): Μπαρ
bar in Spanish: Bar (desambiguación)
bar in Esperanto: BAR
bar in French: Bar
bar in Galician: Bar
bar in Korean: 바
bar in Italian: BAR
bar in Georgian: ბარი
bar in Dutch: Bar
bar in Japanese: バール
bar in Norwegian: Bar
bar in Norwegian Nynorsk: Bar
bar in Polish: Bar
bar in Portuguese: Bar (desambiguação)
bar in Russian: Бар (значения)
bar in Slovenian: Bar
bar in Serbo-Croatian: Bar
bar in Finnish: Bar
bar in Swedish: Bar
bar in Thai: บาร์
bar in Turkish: Bar
bar in Ukrainian: Бар (значення)

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