- 1A unit of linear measure, formerly used in Latin America and Texas, equal to about 33 inches (84 cm).More example sentences
- The first commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas decided that a vara should be 33 1/3 inches, or slightly less than a yard.
- Just to make a complicated process even more perplexing, Managuans, who normally use the metric system, will often give directions by employing an ancient Spanish unit of measurement called the vara.
- 2A long spiked lance used by a picador.More example sentences
- A vara is also another word for the lance used by bullfighters.
- In their right fists they clutched the symbols of their trade, called picas of varas, eight foot long wooden poles capped by four and a half inch spikes tapering abruptly to blunt points one inch long.
- Spain settled what is now Texas, and with the Spanish people came their way of measuring distance in varas.