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A barre chord is simply a guitar chord where one finger (usually the index finger), frets more than one string at the same time. Many times the index finger frets all strings in one fret and acts as a “temporary capo”.

This is how we would chart an F barre chord. Notice the curved line demonstrating that this is a barre chord.

F Barre Photo
This is what an actual F barre chord looks like on the guitar.