- 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 barre
The dancer—and Balanchine's wife and muse—broke barriers for Native Americans at the barre and graced stages all over the world.Farewell to America’s Ballerina: Remembering Maria Tallchief
April 13, 2013
In 1999, I was a junior in high school, and a big story in the small town of Barre, Vermont, as a suspected school shooter.
Like with so many “weird kids,” I left most of my nasty cycle behind when I left Barre to go to college.
"If we can make Barre before it storms," said Captain Mallard.A Little Girl in Old Detroit
Amanda Minnie Douglas
Barre, as we have said, sided with the Mountain on this occasion.
It was Barre who moved that the city of Lyons should be destroyed.
Barre leaned towards these last, but only leaned towards them.
A hint of this design escaped him in conversation with Barre.
- 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 barre
1876, in reference to chords played on a guitar, etc., from French, literally "bar" (see bar (n.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper