[ ba-res ]
/ baˈrɛs /


Mau·rice [moh-rees] /moʊˈris/, 1862–1923, French novelist, writer on politics, and politician.

Definition for barres (2 of 3)


or bar

[ bahr ]
/ bɑr /

noun Ballet.

a handrail placed at hip height, used by a dancer to maintain balance during practice.

Origin of barre

First recorded in 1945–50

Definition for barres (3 of 3)

[ bah-rey ]
/ bɑˈreɪ /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for barres (1 of 3)

/ (French barɛs) /


Maurice (mɔris). 1862–1923, French novelist, essayist, and politician: a fervent nationalist and individualist

British Dictionary definitions for barres (2 of 3)

/ French (bar) /


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

Word Origin for barre

literally: bar

British Dictionary definitions for barres (3 of 3)

/ (ˈbæreɪ) /


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

Word Origin for barré

C19: from French, from barrer bar 1
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