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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A handrail fixed to a wall, as in a dance studio, used by ballet dancers as a support in certain exercises.
  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A handrail fixed to a wall used for ballet exercises.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *barra, of Gaulish origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French barre. (Wiktionary)

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