Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: barre


1 noun
bar1 S1 W1 [countable]

place to drink in

a) DFD a place where alcoholic drinks are served [↪ pub]:
The hotel has a licensed bar.
b) British EnglishDFD one of the rooms inside a pub:
The public bar was crowded.

place to buy drink

DFD a counter where alcoholic drinks are served:
They stood at the bar.

a wine/coffee/snack etc bar

DF a place where a particular kind of food or drink is served

a breakfast bar

British English a place in your kitchen at home where you eat breakfast or a quick meal

block shape

CFD a small block of solid material that is longer than it is wide:

piece of metal/wood

a length of metal or wood put across a door, window etc to keep it shut or to prevent people going in or out:
houses with bars across the windows

behind bars

informalSCJ in prison:
Her killer was finally put behind bars.


APM a group of notes and rests, separated from other groups by vertical lines, into which a line of written music is divided:
a few bars of the song

bar to (doing) something

written something that prevents you from achieving something that you want:
I could see no bar to our happiness.

the bar

a) British EnglishSCL the group of people who are barristers
b) American EnglishSCL an organization consisting of lawyers

be called to the bar

a) British EnglishSCL to become a barrister
b) American EnglishSCL to become a lawyer
12TD a long narrow shape along the sides or at the top of a computer screen, usually containing signs that you can click on:
the main menu bar at the top of the screen
the toolbar
scroll bar
13 the long piece of wood or metal across the top of the goal in sports such as football:
The ball hit the bar.

pile of sand/stones

TTW a long pile of sand or stones under the water at the entrance to a harbour


CC a narrow band of colour or light


PM a narrow band of metal or cloth worn on a military uniform to show rank


DHTPE British English the part of an electric heater that provides heat and has a red light

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