Bar - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɑːr|  American pronunciation of the word bar
Brit.  |bɑː|  British pronunciation of the word bar


- a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter (syn: barroom, saloon, taproom)
he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar
- a counter where you can obtain food or drink
he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar
- 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
- musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats (syn: measure)
the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song
- an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal
it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar
- the act of preventing (syn: prevention)
there was no bar against leaving
- (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
- a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river
- the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey
- a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background (syn: streak, stripe)
a green toad with small black stripes or bars
- a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax) (syn: cake)
a bar of chocolate
- a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War
- a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
- a heating element in an electric fire
an electric fire with three bars
- (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


- prevent from entering; keep out (syn: debar, exclude)
He was barred from membership in the club
- render unsuitable for passage (syn: barricade, block, blockade, stop)
barricade the streets
- expel, as if by official decree (syn: banish, relegate)
- secure with, or as if with, bars
He barred the door

Extra examples

He barred the door as soon as he got in.

All the windows and doors were barred.

A herd of goats was barring the road.

Nothing barred them from meeting together.

The judge will bar the jurors from talking to reporters.

A federal court has barred the group from using the name.

The decision bars the possibility of additional development in the area.

They have lost every match, bar one.

...everyone in the company is invited, bar none...

The monkey rattled the bars of his cage.

Nearsightedness is a bar to becoming a pilot.

They barred our way.

I do not know why we should be barred from trading to those places.

After the member was caught cheating, he was barred from the club.

He is the most talanted actor in the theatre, bar none.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bar
he/she/it: bars
present participle: barring
past tense: barred
past participle: barred
singular: bar
plural: bars
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