Meaning of BARRIER in English

/ ˈbæriə(r); NAmE / noun


an object like a fence that prevents people from moving forward from one place to another :

The crowd had to stand behind barriers.

Show your ticket at the barrier.

—see also crash barrier


barrier (to sth) a problem, rule or situation that prevents sb from doing sth, or that makes sth impossible :

the removal of trade barriers

Lack of confidence is a psychological barrier to success.


barrier (between A and B) | barrier (against sth) something that exists between one thing or person and another and keeps them separate :

The Yangtze river is a natural barrier to the north-east.

There was no real barrier between reality and fantasy in his mind.

Ozone is the earth's barrier against ultra-violet radiation.

the language barrier (= when people cannot communicate because they do not speak the same language)


a particular amount, level or number which it is difficult to get past :

the first player whose earnings passed the $10 million barrier



late Middle English (denoting a palisade or fortification defending an entrance): from Old French barriere , of unknown origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.