Something that is barred prevents your entry. If you are trying to sneak into your friend's house, avoid the barred windows.

To be barred is to be blocked from entrance or not allowed to do something — as if there were imaginary bars in your path. The adjective barred comes from the noun bar, and it's easy to remember if you picture the classic barred cell where inmates are confined. Barred can also describe something that is marked with bars, like a barred owl.

Definitions of barred
  1. adjective
    preventing entry or exit or a course of action
    barred doors”
    synonyms: barricaded, blockaded
    shut off to passage or view or hindered from action
  2. adjective
    marked with stripes or bands
    having or as if having an identifying mark or a mark as specified; often used in combination
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