Barre Definition

A handrail fixed to a wall, as in a dance studio, used by ballet dancers as a support in certain exercises.
American Heritage
A horizontal handrail held onto while doing ballet exercises.
Webster's New World
A fingering technique used with fretted stringed instruments in which a finger is laid across the fretboard to stop all or several strings at once.
American Heritage

(ballet) A handrail fixed to a wall used for ballet exercises.


Origin of Barre

  • French from Old French from Vulgar Latin barra of Gaulish origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French barre.

    From Wiktionary

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