American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- Borrowing from French barre. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *barra, of Gaulish origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term barre chord simply refers to guitar chords that require the fretting multiple strings with a single finger.”
““The bar there is known as a barre,” she said and spelled it out.”
“The time she spent dancing or working at the barre was the only time she felt truly alive.”
“New mom Rosie Wiedenmayer of Denver did Pilates throughout her three pregnancies and calls barre fitness a different workout.”
“Her boasted "barre," (barrier,) from which her name, Barrewick, is derived, has never been able to save her effectually, either from her enemies of land or water.”
“A photo captures Dean grinding at the barre, looking none too comfortable, but not too shabby, either, in terms of his placement.”
“For those not accustomed to barre work here is the quick and easy: it started as an exercise regimen to help rehab dancers.”
“Dancers relax from their barre as New York's mania wanes graciously through the brilliant leafy canopies provided by the miracle of an eternal stream of warm promise.”
“In Yale's picture—obviously a composite of disparate observations—a row of surprisingly distant, small figures at the barre expands the space on the left; that side of Boston's friezelike drawing is occupied by large dancers close to us, paradoxically making the invented image more immediate.”
“I was just starting to do barre when my name went up on the casting board for Alice and I thought, 'I'm not even doing classes.”
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