Meaning of BARRIER in English


Pronunciation: ' ber- ē - ə r, ' ba-r ē -

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English barrere, from Anglo-French, from barre bar

Date: 14th century

1 a : something material that blocks or is intended to block passage <highway barrier s > <a barrier contraceptive> b : a natural formation or structure that prevents or hinders movement or action <geographic barrier s to species dissemination> < barrier beaches> <drugs that cross the placental barrier >

2 plural often capitalized : a medieval war game in which combatants fight on foot with a fence or railing between them

3 : something immaterial that impedes or separates : OBSTACLE <behavioral barrier s > <trade barrier s >

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