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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1876, in reference to chords played on a guitar, etc., from French, literally "bar" (see bar (n.1)).


n. (context ballet English) A handrail fixed to a wall used for ballet exercises.

Barre, MA -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Massachusetts
Population (2000): 1150
Housing Units (2000): 487
Land area (2000): 1.618102 sq. miles (4.190864 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.618102 sq. miles (4.190864 sq. km)
FIPS code: 03705
Located within: Massachusetts (MA), FIPS 25
Location: 42.422456 N, 72.105011 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 01005
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Barre, MA
Barre, VT -- U.S. city in Vermont
Population (2000): 9291
Housing Units (2000): 4477
Land area (2000): 4.023136 sq. miles (10.419873 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.023136 sq. miles (10.419873 sq. km)
FIPS code: 03175
Located within: Vermont (VT), FIPS 50
Location: 44.198433 N, 72.501411 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 05641
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Barre, VT

Barre or Barré may refer to:

Barre (ballet)

A barre is a stationary handrail that provides support for people during various types of exercise. Barres are used extensively in ballet training and warm up exercises, where such exercises are commonly referred to as barre work. In a ballet class, barre may also refer to the part of the class that involves barre work. Barres are also used for warm up exercises in other types of dance, as well as in general fitness programs.

Barre (name)

Barre or Barré is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:


  • Abdulrahman Jama Barre, former Foreign Minister of Somalia
  • Alexandra Barré (born 1958), Hungarian-born Canadian sprint kayaker
  • Denis Barré (born 1948), Canadian sprint canoer
  • Erika Michelle Barré (born 1979), Canadian model
  • François-Jean de la Barre (1745–1766), French nobleman
  • Isaac Barré (1726–1802), Irish soldier and politician
  • Jacques-Jean Barre (1793–1855), French engraver (also often styled "Jean-Jacques Barre")
  • Jean-Auguste Barre (1811–1896), French sculptor and medalist
  • Jean-Benoît-Vincent Barré (1732–1824), French architect
  • Joseph-Antoine de La Barre (1622–1688), Governor of New France
  • Martin Barre (born 1946), guitarist of rock band Jethro Tull
  • Michel de la Barre (c. 1670–1745), French composer and flutist
  • Mohammed Sulaymon Barre (born 1964), Ex-Guantánamo detainee
  • Mylanie Barré (born 1979), Canadian sprint kayaker
  • Pierre-Yves Barré (1749–1832), French vaudevillist and songwriter
  • Raoul Barré (1874–1932), Canadian/American artist
  • Raymond Barre (1924–2007), French politician and economist
  • Siad Barre (1919–1995), former President of Somalia
  • W. J. Barre (1830–1867), Irish architect
  • Weston La Barre (1911–1996), American anthropologist
  • William de la Barre (1849–1936), Austrian engineer and salesman

Given name:

  • Barre Phillips (born 1934), jazz and free improvisation bassist
  • Barré Lyndon (1896–1972), British playwright and screenwriter
Barré (automobile)

''' Barré ''' was a French automobile manufacturer established by Gaston Barré at Niort. Some sources give the starting date for the business as 1900, although Barré’s first automobile was presented in December 1899 at the Paris Motor Show. Production ended in 1930.

Usage examples of "barre".

This priest, whose name was Pierre Barre, was exactly the man whom Mignon needed in such a crisis.

While the faithful filled the churches offering up prayers for the success of the exorcisms, Mignon and Barre entered upon their task at the convent, where they remained shut up with the nuns for six hours.

Just at that moment Barre came on the scene, paler and more gloomy than ever, and speaking with the air of a man whose word no one could help believing, he announced that before their arrival some most extraordinary things had taken place.

At length, however, despite the obstinate resistance of the demon, the superior succeeded in dedicating her body also to God, and thus victorious her features resumed their usual expression, and smiling as if nothing had happened, she turned to Barre and said that there was no vestige of Satan left in her.

The bailiff gave Grandier a statement of the conclusions at which he had arrived, and told him that the exorcisms had been performed that day by Barre, armed with the authority of the Bishop of Poitiers himself.

The nuns had quitted the choir, and Mignon and Barre came to the grating and told them that they had just completed the rite, and that, thanks to their conjurations, the two afflicted ones were now quite free from evil spirits.

Thereupon the magistrates drew up a report of all that had happened, and of what Barre and Mignon had said.

The bailiff, seeing that fresh plots against Grandier were being formed, sent for him and warned him that Barre had come over from Chinon the day before, and had resumed his exorcisms at the convent, adding that it was currently reported in the town that the mother superior and Sister Claire were again tormented by devils.

At the same time, knowing how impartial the bailiff was, he begged him to accompany the doctors and officials to the convent, and to be present at the exorcisms, and should any sign of real possession manifest itself, to sequester the afflicted nuns at once, and cause them to be examined by other persons than Mignon and Barre, whom he had such good cause to distrust.

Notice of this prohibition was served the same day on Barre and on one nun chosen to represent the community.

The mass finished, Barre approached her to administer the holy communion and to commence the exorcism.

The bailiff upon this requested Barre to ask the chief devil how many evil spirits he had with him.

Nothing in the world could induce her to reveal the number of evil spirits by whom Elimi was accompanied, so that Barre, seeing that it was useless to press her on this point, passed on to the next question.

Being admitted, he announced to Barre that he had come to insist on the superior being separated from Sister Claire, so that each could be exorcised apart.

Upon this, Barre dreading more questions from the bystanders, hastily resumed his own catechism by asking who was the sorcerer.