[ bahr-bel ]
/ ˈbɑrˌbɛl /


an apparatus used in weight-lifting, consisting of a bar with replaceable, disk-shaped weights fastened to the ends.


Nearby words

  1. barbed,
  2. barbed tributary,
  3. barbed wire,
  4. barbed-wire grass,
  5. barbel,
  6. barbellate,
  7. barbeque,
  8. barber,
  9. barber chair,
  10. barber college

Origin of barbell

First recorded in 1885–90; bar1 + bell1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barbell

  • Naomi then steadied herself in a wide leg stance in front of the barbell, propped at chest-height on a metal stand.

    Sandy Koufax 2.0|Zachary Fenster|July 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • And the voice near his ear said: "A hundred yards to go, Barbell."

    Anything You Can Do|Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A while later, the voice in his ear said: "A hundred yards to go, Barbell."

    Anything You Can Do ...|Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for barbell


/ (ˈbɑːˌbɛl) /


a metal rod to which heavy discs are attached at each end for weightlifting exercises
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for barbell



1887, from bar (n.1) + ending from dumbbell.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper