or bar


Origin of barre

First recorded in 1945–50


  1. Textiles. a pattern of stripes or bands of color extending across the warp in woven and knitted fabrics.
  2. Textiles. a streak in the filling direction when one or more picks are of a color different from that of adjacent picks.
  3. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a rail at hip height used for ballet practice and leg exercises

Word Origin for barre

literally: bar


  1. 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
  2. the playing of chords in this manner
  1. to execute (chords) in this manner
  1. by using the barré

Word Origin for barré

C19: from French, from barrer bar 1
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Word Origin and History for barre

1876, in reference to chords played on a guitar, etc., from French, literally "bar" (see bar (n.1)).

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