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barre

[bahr] /bɑr/
noun, Ballet.
1.
a handrail placed at hip height, used by a dancer to maintain balance during practice.
Also, bar.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50

barré

[bah-rey] /bɑˈreɪ/
noun
1.
Textiles. a pattern of stripes or bands of color extending across the warp in woven and knitted fabrics.
2.
Textiles. a streak in the filling direction when one or more picks are of a color different from that of adjacent picks.
3.
Music. a technique of playing a chord on a stringed instrument by laying a finger across the strings at a particular fret, raising their pitch.
Origin
< French: literally, barred, past participle of barrer, derivative of barre bar1
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British Dictionary definitions for barre

barre

/bar/
noun
1.
a rail at hip height used for ballet practice and leg exercises
Word Origin
literally: bar

barré

/ˈbæreɪ/
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
3.
to execute (chords) in this manner
adverb
4.
by using the barré
Word Origin
C19: from French, from barrerbar1
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Word Origin and History for barre

1876, in reference to chords played on a guitar, etc., from French, literally "bar" (see bar (n.1)).

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