Definition of barred in US English:



  • 1Closed or secured with a long rod or rigid piece of wood, metal, or similar material.

    ‘he sits by a barred window’
    ‘a barred gate’
    • ‘We witness the characters' first unmediated encounters with the world outside their barred back door.’
    • ‘The building seems to guard its secrets, the barred apertures underscoring its function as a defensive structure.’
    • ‘The safe is secured by an internal barred door and an external steel door several inches thick.’
    • ‘At the end of a farm track, we find a barred, barbed-wire-clad gate.’
    • ‘His ominous office is a barred detention room lit by an overhead crisscross of harsh neon lights.’
    • ‘There's a barred grid of windows looking out to a brick-red wall.’
    • ‘The light-striped canopy resembles a barred cage, where he crouches like an animal.’
    • ‘The cells are visible, through ordinary barred entries.’
    • ‘A horrible cry brought the house servants creeping up to the barred room.’
    • ‘In dread of the Roman soldiery, they returned to the hiding place behind barred doors.’
  • 2Marked with bands of color or light.

    ‘he spotted a barred owl’
    • ‘I noticed that my normally green-and-white barred jersey was now stained a bright red and deep green.’
    • ‘The male lacks the barred throat and breast pattern of the Lichtenstein's sandgrouse.’
    • ‘The barred leaf frog is a species found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.’
    • ‘The barred-winged rail was a species of bird in the Rallidae family.’
    • ‘Juvenile goshawks have disctinctive thick streaks against a buffy background on the underparts, and an irregularly barred tail.’
    • ‘You can tell from the white dots and the red-barred forewings that it's a red admiral butterfly.’
    • ‘She made a signal and they marched out of the blue-barred gateway.’
    • ‘Within minutes, a woodpecker with a white-barred black mantle and red crown landed on the same tree.’
    • ‘My barred rock hen is probably one of my favorite chickens ever!’
    • ‘This is no cross-barred handkerchief to carry my dinner!’