Definition of barbell in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbärˌbel/


A long metal bar to which disks of varying weights are attached at each end, used for weightlifting.
Example sentences
  • Still, there are plenty of free weights, barbells and dumbbells.
  • The numbers can be rounded up or down if the barbells and weights don't work out precisely to these amounts.
  • Load a barbell with a weight that will allow you to get 15 to 20 reps, and place it on the floor at the end of a bench.


Late 19th century: from bar1 + bell1.

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Syllabification: bar·bell

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