bar Definition

  • 1a long, narrow piece of something solid, such as wood or metal
  • 2a place where alcoholic drinks are sold and drunk
  • 3a counter across which alcoholic drinks or refreshments are served

Using bar: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bar" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The door was secured with a metal bar.

  • Example

    He ordered a beer at the bar.

  • Example

    The bartender wiped down the bar with a rag.

bar Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for bar

Phrases with bar

  • in prison


    The thief was behind bars for five years.

  • to set a higher standard or expectation


    The company aims to raise the bar for customer service in the industry.

  • without exception


    This is the best pizza in town, bar none.

Origins of bar

from Old French 'barre', meaning 'beam, bar, gate'


Summary: bar in Brief

The term 'bar' [bɑːr] refers to a long, narrow piece of solid material, such as wood or metal. It also refers to a place where alcoholic drinks are sold and consumed, often featuring a counter across which drinks are served. Examples include 'The door was secured with a metal bar.' and 'He ordered a beer at the bar.' Phrases like 'behind bars' and 'raise the bar' extend the term's meaning.

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