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.
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)