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barre (French) (bar) 

Definitions

noun

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

Word Origin

literally: bar

barré (ˈbæreɪ Pronunciation for barré

Definitions

noun

  1. 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 raised Compare capo1
  2. the playing of chords in this manner

verb

  1. to execute (chords) in this manner

adverb

  1. by using the barré

Word Origin

C19: from French, from barrer bar1

Example Sentences Including 'barre'

`Imagine trying to do that with a little filet de barre inside you.
Robert Wilson A DARKENING STAIN (2002)

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