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[uhn-bahrd] /ʌnˈbɑrd/
not provided or fastened with a bar or bars:
an unbarred door.
not marked with stripes or bands.
Origin of unbarred
First recorded in 1540-50; un-1 + barred


[uhn-bahr] /ʌnˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), unbarred, unbarring.
to remove a bar or bars from; open; unlock; unbolt:
to unbar a door.
First recorded in 1300-50, unbar is from the Middle English word unbarren. See un-2, bar1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Once in the house he collected what he listed, unbarred the door, and walked away with his spoil.

    An Old English Home S. Baring-Gould
  • All day long he neither opened the door nor unbarred the shutters.

  • As he spoke, Fernando indeed felt as if the doors of his spirit, until now rusty with prejudice, had been unbarred.

  • “Now you can go,” quietly said Cousin as he unbarred the door.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • He shut the window, stole to the door, unbarred it gently, and admitted his visitor.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She paused, and then, with the fearlessness of innocence, descended and unbarred the door.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • No one was stirring except Giacomo, who stood by the threshold of the door, which he had just unbarred, feeding the house-dog.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She crept to the floor, yawning, tiptoed to the door, and unbarred it.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • He welcomed the step of Mervale at his threshold, and unbarred the door.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Daddy Skinner unbarred the door when he heard Tessibel call his name.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
British Dictionary definitions for unbarred


verb (transitive) -bars, -barring, -barred
to take away a bar or bars from
to unfasten bars, locks, etc, from (a door); open
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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