Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “barrier”

barrier

noun [C] uk   /ˈbær.i.ər/ us    //

barrier noun [C] (FENCE)

B2 a long pole, fence, wall, or natural feature, such as a mountain or sea, that stops people from going somewhere: Barriers have been erected all along the route the Pope will take. The mountains acted as a natural barrier to the spread of the disease.
See also
a gate in some railway stations through which you must go to get on a train: Passengers are requested to show their tickets at the barrier.

barrier noun [C] (OBSTACLE)

B2 anything that prevents people from being together or understanding each other: Despite the language barrier (= not speaking the same language), they soon became good friends. Shyness is one of the biggest barriers to making friends (= something that makes this difficult).
(Definition of barrier from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of barrier?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “barrier” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

first:

(a person or thing) coming before all others in order, time, amount, quality, or importance

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More