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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. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • She crept to the floor, yawning, tiptoed to the door, and unbarred it.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • Daddy Skinner unbarred the door when he heard Tessibel call his name.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • But at length she satisfied herself, and unbarred the heavy door, and admitted us.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • All day long he neither opened the door nor unbarred the shutters.

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

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • He welcomed the step of Mervale at his threshold, and unbarred the door.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • She paused, and then, with the fearlessness of innocence, descended and unbarred the door.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • I requested to be admitted to the prisoner, and the doors were unbarred.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Sarrasin had left his door—Ericson's door—unlocked and unbarred.

    The Dictator

    Justin McCarthy
  • So, without fear, without hesitation, she rose and unbarred the door.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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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