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noun [countable] bar pronunciation in American English /bɑr/ 
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pluralbars
  1. 1
    a place where you go to buy and drink alcoholic drinks

    We met at Ernie's Bar.

    a wine/cocktail bar

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of bar
    1. a.
      the counter where alcoholic drinks are served in a bar or restaurant

      I think you have to order at the bar.

    2. b.
      a small place that serves a particular type of food

      a sushi bar

      a sandwich bar

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  2. 2
    a long narrow piece of metal

    an old house with iron bars on the windows

    The car's safety features include side-impact bars.

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    1. a.
      computing a long narrow shape along one of the sides of a window on a computer screen

      Use the scroll bar to move up and down the page.

      There's a quick-access menu bar below the top menu.

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  3. 3
    a solid block of a substance such as chocolate or soap

    a candy bar

    bar of:

    a bar of soap

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of bar
  4. 5
    something that prevents another thing from happening
    bar to:

    We have to ensure that a person's ethnic background is no bar to success in the workplace.

    1. a.
      an order stating that something is not allowed
      bar on:

      The ruling placed a bar on any mention of the facts in the media.

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