There are 2 translations of bar in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /bɑːr; bɑː(r)/


  • 1 1.1 (rod, rail) barra (feminine); (— on cage, window) barrote (masculine), barra (feminine); (— on door) tranca (feminine) to put sb/be behind bars meter a algn/estar* entre rejas 1.2 (of electric fire) (British English/inglés británico) resistencia (feminine)
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    • The boss, for instance, has a lovely one: bright orange, like the bar on an electric fire.
    • Mum had spent half an hour making toast for everybody, by sticking slices of bread on the end of a fork and holding them in front of the two bars on the electric fire.
    • It was a small room, but even so the single bar of the electric fire, glowing bright orange beside its pale neighbour, fought hard to take the chill away.
  • 4 4.1 (establishment) bar (masculine); (counter) barra (feminine), mostrador (masculine); (in living room) bar (masculine) 4.2 (stall) puesto (masculine) heel bar (British English/inglés británico) [ puesto de reparación rápida de calzado ] key bar (British English/inglés británico) [ lugar donde se duplican llaves en el acto ]
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    • In clothes stores, sandwich bars, gyms and coffee shops we face a constant barrage of background music - music we notice but rarely listen to.
    • The space can be subdivided for use as a convenience store and coffee shop or a sandwich bar.
    • Our city needs thriving locals far more than it needs another video shop or burger bar.
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    • He'll help with your bags, crack jokes, invite you to eat breakfast on his porch and - if things get busy - let you serve drinks at the bar.
    • Her joy turned to dismay as he walked round to the other side of the bar, served her drink, took her money and then served the next customer.
    • She insisted that she had agreed to come to St Lucia to serve drinks behind a bar, nothing else.
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    • Your new alcohol policy would allow bars to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • There's a busy nightlife in the area, with many bars and clubs open into the early hours.
    • Over the last ten years Belfast has undergone some major cosmetic surgery and new pubs and bars have opened while existing ones have expanded.
  • 5 [Law/Derecho] 5.1the Bar (legal profession) (American English/inglés norteamericano) la abogacía (barristers) (British English/inglés británico) [ el conjunto de barristers barrister ] to be called to the Bar (British English/inglés británico) obtener* el título de barrister (before noun/delante del nombre) Bar exam (American English/inglés norteamericano) [ examen con el cual se obtiene el título de abogado ] 5.2 (in court) banquillo (masculine) the prisoner at the bar el acusado,
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    • His handling of the funds when they did arrive gave rise to vigorous debate at the bar.
    • The lawyers sit at the bar table facing the magistrate and the defendant sits with his or her lawyer.
    • In an unprecedented move Magistrate Nicholas got up from the bench and sat at the bar table with the witness and the accused.
  • 7 (impediment) bar to sth obstáculo (masculine) or impedimento (masculine)para algo
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    • The trust's acquisition of the buildings would not be a bar to such moves, as the organisation frequently has tenants in its buildings.
    • It was the first time the church's most senior cleric had said that the sexuality of ministers should not act as a bar to their appointment.
    • He also insisted his privileged background would not act as a bar to winning over new Conservative supporters in Scotland.
  • 8 (in bay, river) barra (feminine)
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    • That means thousands of boaters who rely on these multiple-use ports face the bleak prospect of shoaling channels and dangerous bars at river mouths.
    • Many of the rivers had bars at their mouths and navigation was hazardous: over the years a number of ships were lost as a result.
    • Trout in particular spawn in the fall and can be found in deep water at this time. You can find them on bars, shoals, rocks and fingers.
  • 9 9.1 (band of light, color) franja (feminine) 9.2 [Military/Militar] (indicating rank) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [ distintivo de teniente o capitán ]; (to medal) (British English/inglés británico) [ galón que indica que se ha recibido por segunda vez la misma condecoración ]
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    • He was awarded a bar to his gold medal for exceptional services.
    • A bar to his military medal was awarded in July of the following year after he had been promoted to sergeant.
    • Further awards of the same decoration were shown by a bar on the ribbon of the cross or medal.
    9.3 (in heraldry) barra (feminine)
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    • His monumental canvases, with their interlocking bars of earthy colour, reflect his early life as well as later influences.
    • He pulled on the headlights, and the beams cut into the darkness, solid bars of light in the smoke-filled air.
    • I look at the bars of light coming in through the blind.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-rr-)

  • 1 (secure) [door/window] atrancar*, trancar* she found the door barred against her se encontró con que le habían atrancado or trancado la puerta
  • 2 (block) [path/entrance] bloquear a tree was barring our way un árbol nos cortaba or bloqueaba or impedía el paso
  • 3 (prohibit) [smoking/jeans] prohibir*to bar sb from sth reporters were barred from the meeting se excluyó a los periodistas de la reunión his criminal record bars him from the job sus antecedentes penales le impiden acceder al puesto
  • 4 (stripe) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) dibujar franjas en


  • salvo, excepto, a or con excepción de bar one or two people salvo or excepto una o dos personas, a or con excepción de una o dos personas we'll be finished, bar some disaster, by tomorrow acabaremos para mañana, salvo que or a menos que ocurra algún desastre bar none sin excepción

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