- Mau·rice [moh-rees] /moʊˈris/, 1862–1923, French novelist, writer on politics, and politician.
- a handrail placed at hip height, used by a dancer to maintain balance during practice.
Origin of barre
First recorded in 1945–50
- Textiles. a pattern of stripes or bands of color extending across the warp in woven and knitted fabrics.
- Textiles. a streak in the filling direction when one or more picks are of a color different from that of adjacent picks.
- Music. a technique of playing a chord on a stringed instrument by laying a finger across the strings at a particular fret, raising their pitch.
Origin of barré
< French: literally, barred, past participle of barrer, derivative of barre bar1
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Examples from the Web for barres
The Vicomte des Barres rose from his chair and lounged into the middle of the room.Angelot
It was hard to concentrate; her thoughts were straying, now, to Barres.
“Belongs to Barres,” interrupted Esm Trenor in his drawling voice.
“Dulcie needs clothes suitable to her age,” continued Barres.
I guess that was the only way—if she was really going to take it up to young Barres.
- Maurice (mɔris). 1862–1923, French novelist, essayist, and politician: a fervent nationalist and individualist
- a rail at hip height used for ballet practice and leg exercises
- the act of laying the index finger over some or all of the strings of a guitar, lute, or similar instrument, so that the pitch of each stopped string is simultaneously raisedCompare capo 1
- the playing of chords in this manner
- to execute (chords) in this manner
- by using the barré
C19: from French, from barrer bar 1
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Word Origin and History for barres
1876, in reference to chords played on a guitar, etc., from French, literally "bar" (see bar (n.1)).
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