1 noun (C)
a) a place where alcoholic drinks are served
-compare pub
b) BrE one of the rooms inside a pub: the public bar was crowded
2 PLACE TO BUY DRINK a counter 1 (1) where alcoholic drinks are served: There were no free tables so they stood at the bar.
3 coffee/snack/salad etc bar a place where a particular kind of food or drink is served
4 BLOCK OF STH a small block of solid material that is longer than it is wide: a candy bar | a bar of soap
5 PIECE OF METAL/WOOD a length of metal or wood put across a door, window etc to keep it shut or to prevent people going in or out: A lot of houses had bars across the windows.
6 MUSIC a group of notes and rests (rest1 (12)), separated from other groups by vertical lines, into which a line of written music is divided: She hummed a few bars of the song.
7 a bar to (doing) sth something that prevents you from achieving something that you want: Bad English is a bar to getting a good job.
a) the bar BrE the group of people who are barristers (=lawyers who have the right to speak in a court of law)
b) AmE an organization consisting of people who are lawyers
9 be called to the bar
a) BrE to become a barrister
b) AmE to become a lawyer
10 PILE OF SAND/STONES a long pile of sand or stones under the water at the entrance to a harbour 1
11 COLOUR/LIGHT a narrow band of colour or light
12 UNIFORMS a narrow band of metal or cloth worn on a military uniform to show rank
13 HEATER the part of an electric heater that provides heat and has a red light
14 behind bars informal in prison
2 verb barred, barring
1 also bar up to shut a door or window using a bar or piece of wood so that people cannot get in or out
2 (T) to officially prevent someone from entering a place or from doing something: bar sb from: Members voted to bar women from the club.
3 to prevent people from going somewhere by placing something in their way: The road ahead was barred by a solid line of policemen. | bar sb's way (=prevent someone passing you by standing in front of them): A security guard barred her way.
3 preposition
1 formal except: No work's been done in the office today, bar a little typing.
2 bar none used to emphasize that someone is the best of a particular group: He's the most talented actor in the country, bar none.
-see also: barring

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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