Main meanings of barry in English

: barry1barry2

barry1

Pronunciation /ˈbɑːri/

adjective

Heraldry
  • Divided into a number of equal horizontal bars of alternating tinctures.

    ‘barry of six, argent and azure’
    • ‘More rarely, a barry field can be of two colours or two metals.’
    • ‘The barry field and ermine lion are from the heraldry of the Cecils, and Hatfield has been the seat of this branch of the family ever since.’
    • ‘In English heraldry, we find examples of a lion passant on the upper trait of a barry field.’

Origin

Late 15th century from French barré ‘barred, striped’, past participle of barrer.

Main meanings of barry in English

: barry1barry2

barry2

(also bari, barrie)

Pronunciation /ˈbari/

adjective

informal Scottish, Northern English
  • Very good or pleasing; excellent.

    • ‘I'm at work and in such a barry mood’
    • ‘my grandma dished me up a full English, bari lass’

Origin

1920s from Romani bārō ‘big, great’.