(noun, verb, preposition)


1. a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter

- he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar

Similar word(s): barroom, saloon, taproom

Definition categories: man–made, room

2. a counter where you can obtain food or drink

- he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar

Definition categories: man–made, counter

3. a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon

- there were bars in the windows to prevent escape

Definition categories: man–made, implement

4. musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats

- the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song

Similar word(s): measure

Definition categories: communication

5. an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal

- it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar

Definition categories: man–made, impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

6. the act of preventing

- there was no bar against leaving

Similar word(s): prevention

Definition categories: act, hinderance, hindrance, interference

7. (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter

- unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter

Definition categories: quantity

8. a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore

- the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river

Definition categories: object, barrier, ridge

9. the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction

- he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey

Definition categories: group, profession

10. a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background

- a green toad with small black stripes or bars

Similar word(s): streak, stripe

Definition categories: attribute, marking

11. a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)

- a bar of chocolate

Similar word(s): cake

Definition categories: man–made, block

12. a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War

Definition categories: man–made, automatic

13. a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises

Definition categories: man–made, support

14. a heating element in an electric fire

- an electric fire with three bars

Definition categories: man–made

15. (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried

- spectators were not allowed past the bar

Definition categories: man–made, rail, railing

Sentences with bar as a noun:

- The window was protected by steel bars.

- Ancient Sparta used iron bars instead of handy coins in more valuable alloy, to physically discourage the use of money.

- We are expecting a carload of bar tomorrow.

- bar of chocolate

- bar of soap

- a bar of light; a bar of colour

- The street was lined with all-night bars.

- Step up to the bar and order a drink.

- The club has lifted its bar on women members.

- Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar.

- He's studying hard to pass the Bar this time; he's failed it twice before.

- There were no bars so I didn't get your text.

- Potter's Bar


1. Except, with the exception of.

- He invited everyone to his wedding bar his ex-wife.

2. (horse racing) Denotes the minimum odds offered on other horses not mentioned by name.

- Leg At Each Corner is at 3/1, Lost My Shirt 5/1, and it's 10/1 bar.


1. prevent from entering; keep out

- He was barred from membership in the club

Similar word(s): debar, exclude

Definition categories: communication, disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto

2. render unsuitable for passage

- barricade the streets

Similar word(s): barricade, block, blockade, stop

Definition categories: contact, block, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

3. expel, as if by official decree

Similar word(s): banish, relegate

Definition categories: social, expel

4. secure with, or as if with, bars

- He barred the door

Definition categories: contact, fasten, fix, secure

Sentences with bar as a verb:

- Our way was barred by a huge rockfall.

- I couldn't get into the nightclub because I had been barred.

- bar the door