Definition of bar noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɑː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːr//
    People in law, Reading music
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    for drinks/food
  1. 1  [countable] a place where you can buy and drink alcoholic and other drinks We met at a bar called the Flamingo. the island’s only licensed bar (= one that is allowed to sell alcoholic drinks) a cocktail bar The hotel has a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. (British English) I found David in the bar of the Red Lion (= a room in a pub where drinks are served). see also barroom, lounge bar, minibar, public bar, saloon bar
  2. 2  [countable] a long wide wooden surface where drinks, etc. are served She was sitting at the bar. It was so crowded I couldn't get to the bar.
  3. 3  [countable] (especially in compounds) a place in which a particular kind of food or drink is the main thing that is served a sandwich bar a coffee bar see also oxygen bar, salad bar, snack bar, wine bar
  4. of chocolate/soap
  5. 4  [countable] a piece of something with straight sides a bar of chocolate/soap candy bars Vocabulary BuildingA bar of …If you want to describe a whole unit of a particular substance, or a group of things that are normally together, for example when you buy them, you need to use the correct word. a bar of soap/​chocolate; a candy bar a block of ice/​stone/​wood a bolt/roll/length of fabric an ice/​a sugar cube a loaf of bread a roll of film/​carpet a slab of marble/​concrete a stick of gum a bunch of bananas/​grapes a bunch/bouquet of flowers a bundle of sticks a set/bunch of keys a set of chairs/​glasses/​clothes/​guitar strings
  6. of metal/wood
  7. 5  [countable] a long straight piece of metal or wood. Bars are often used to stop somebody from getting through a space. He smashed the window with an iron bar. All the ground floor windows were fitted with bars. a five-bar gate (= one made with five horizontal bars of wood) see also bull bars, roll bar, space bar, tow bar
  8. in computing
  9. 6a long narrow area, usually at the top or side of a computer screen, that contains links or pull-down (2) menus or displays information about the website or program that you are using see also address bar, menu bar, navigation bar, scroll bar, title bar
  10. in sports
  11. 7the bar [singular] the crossbar of a goal His shot hit the bar.
  12. of colour/light
  13. 8[countable] a band of colour or light Bars of sunlight slanted down from the tall narrow windows.
  14. that prevents something
  15. 9[countable, usually singular] bar (to something) a thing that stops somebody from doing something At that time being a woman was a bar to promotion in most professions. see also colour bar
  16. in music
  17. 10 (British English) (North American English also measure) [countable] one of the short sections of equal length that a piece of music is divided into, and the notes that are in it four beats to the bar the opening bars of a piece of music See related entries: Reading music
  18. law
  19. 11the Bar [singular] (British English) the profession of barrister (= a lawyer in a higher court) to be called to the Bar (= allowed to work as a qualified barrister) Culture To be called to the Bar is to be received into the profession of barrister after training for the Bar. In Britain the Bar is governed by the Bar Council. The head of the Bar of England and Wales and the Bar of Northern Ireland is called the Attorney General, and the head of the Scottish Bar is called the Dean of Faculty. See related entries: People in law
  20. 12the Bar [singular] (North American English) the profession of any kind of lawyer
  21. measurement
  22. 13a unit for measuring the pressure of the atmosphere, equal to a hundred thousand newtons per square metre see also millibar
  23. in electric fire
  24. 14[countable] a piece of metal with wire wrapped around it that becomes red and hot when electricity is passed through it Switch another bar on if you’re cold.
  25. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 12 Middle English: from Old French barre (noun), barrer (verb), of unknown origin. noun sense 13 early 20th cent.: from Greek baros ‘weight’.Extra examples I bought a chocolate bar at the station. I didn’t recognize the man who was serving behind the bar. It was supposed to be a restaurant but seemed more like a dive bar. She played a few bars on the piano. The barmaid stood behind the bar. The ground floor windows were fitted with bars. The killer is now safely behind bars. There were not many people in the bar. They were chatting at the bar. We met at a bar called the Anvil. You can usually find him propping up the bar of the Red Lion. the notes in the first bar He’s been working in a bar called the Flamingo. I found David in the bar of the Red Lion. It’s a singles bar. It’s the island’s only licensed bar. The hotel has a cocktail bar on the top floor. The windows at street level were fitted with bars. They used to meet after work in a wine bar. They won’t feel safe until the murderer is safely behind bars. We could meet at the theatre and have a drink in the bar. a bar of soap a candy bar a five-bar gate a roll bar a sandwich/​snack/​coffee bar a tow bar a wine/​cocktail bar bull bars the space barIdioms (informal) in prison The murderer is now safely behind bars. to set a new, lower standard of quality or performance In the current economic climate we may need to lower the bar on quotas. opposite raise the bar compare set the bar
    not have a bar of something
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    (Australian English, New Zealand English, informal) to have nothing to do with something If he tries to sell you his car, don't have a bar of it.
    to set a new, higher standard of quality or performance The factory has raised the bar on productivity, food safety and quality. This latest computer game raises the bar for interface design. The awards go to people who have truly raised the bar. Perhaps the new admission requirements raised the bar too high. opposite lower1 compare set the bar to set a standard of quality or performance The show really sets the bar for artistic invention. Sofia sets the bar very high for what she expects of herself.
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