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noun [countable] bar pronunciation in British English /bɑː(r)/ 
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  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 pub

      Whose turn is it to go to the bar (=to buy the drinks)?

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

      a sushi bar

      a sandwich bar

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of bar
  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of bar
    1. b.
      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.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of bar
    2. d.
      the long piece of wood or metal across the top of the goal in football and similar sports

      Owen's shot hit the bar and ended up in the crowd.

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

    a chocolate 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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