[ bar-ee-er ]
/ ˈbær i ər /
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Origin of barrier

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Middle French barriere (barre bar1 + -iere, from Latin -āria -ary); replacing Middle English barrere, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin barrera

synonym study for barrier

1-3. See bar1.
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How to use barrier in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for barrier

/ (ˈbærɪə) /

anything serving to obstruct passage or to maintain separation, such as a fence or gate
anything that prevents or obstructs passage, access, or progressa barrier of distrust
anything that separates or hinders uniona language barrier
  1. an exposed offshore sand bar separated from the shore by a lagoon
  2. (as modifier)a barrier beach
(sometimes capital) that part of the Antarctic icecap extending over the sea

Word Origin for barrier

C14: from Old French barriere, from barre bar 1
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Medical definitions for barrier

[ bărē-ər ]

A boundary or limit.
An obstacle or impediment.
Something that separates or holds apart.
Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes behavior.
A physical or biological factor that limits the migration, interbreeding, or free movement of individuals or populations.
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